Haiti: Disbanded Soldiers Take Position at Agriculture Office in North
- Tuesday, March 20, 2012 12:26 AM
CAP-HAITIEN, Haiti (defend.ht) - Several dozen soldiers of the disbanded Haitian army took positions on Monday at a local office of the Department of Agriculture in the Northern city of Cap-Haitien.
"We are here to remember that the army is a constitutional institution and have 18 years to claim for unpaid wages," said a former Corporal of the Police Nationale d'Haiti (PNH) and Commander of the Armed Forces of Haiti (AFdH) Daniel Marcel MoÃ¯se.
These former soldiers who demanded the rehabilitation of the army disbanded in 1994 by former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, have received support from the public came who came to witness the number at the Local Decision office of the ODN (Organization Development of the North), a sub-office of the Department of Agriculture.
The formerly enlisted are claiming compensation and are training young people who in search of work as members of this new army.
The Minister of National Defense, Thierry Mayard-Paul, has urged the establish of a force that is constructed with order and consideration for the population. President Martelly and the Interior Minister have publicly urged the demobilized to be calm and return to their homes.
For several months, former military have taken over the former army barracks in Port-au-Prince and some provincial cities.
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