Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Army Ups Ante in Haitian Power Struggle

Michael Norby and Brian Fitzpatrick, The Irish Times May 12, 2012 Armed group is waging a brazen campaign aimed at stoking public anger at the continued presence of the 10,000-strong UN mission in Haiti and inviting violent conflict with authorities, write MICHAEL NORBY and BRIAN FITZPATRICK in Port-au-Prince In the overgrown parade grounds of a long-abandoned military base outside Port-au-Prince, the most recent player in the surreal battle for the hearts and minds of the Haitian people delivers a chilling message. Flanked by 150 uniformed men, Larose Aubin seems ready to plunge the battered nation into utter chaos. Aubin, an animated former army sergeant, speaks for a group of one-time soldiers and younger recruits calling for the immediate return of the Haitian Armed Forces (FAd’H), 17 years after the notoriously brutal military was scrapped. The rogue movement began in earnest after the May 2011 […]

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