Siege of The Sergeants

The jeeps that arrived at army headquarters in Port-au-Prince last week were greeted by incredulous stares. Seated handcuffed and rigid inside were more than 30 commanders who had been ousted by junior officers in barracks revolts around the country. Crowds in the bloodstained Haitian capital cheered as the manacled prisoners were set down before the two-story headquarters building, which quickly became known as the "parking" because of all the senior military men who were being "parked" there. Some slept on cots inside the building while waiting to be discharged.

The extraordinary purge reflected the discontent that has seethed within the lower...

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