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Haiti Rebels Emboldened by New Recruits

Emboldened by the arrival of a former police chief and a notorious militia leader, Haitian rebels holed up in Gonaives said on Monday they now felt strong enough to take their armed revolt across the Caribbean country. Buter Metayer, leader of an armed gang that took over the western city on Feb. 5 demanding the resignation of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, said Guy Philippe and Louis Jodel Chamblain had brought “many” armed men with them and were heading to the country’s second-largest city, Cap-Haitien in the north. “He’s going to do like I did in Gonaives city, he’s going to take Cap-Haitien,” Metayer said of Philippe, a former police chief in Cap-Haitien who had been living in neighboring Dominican Republic for the past three years after Aristide accused him of trying to destabilize the country. Full Story

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