Haitian rebels seize town

Sept. 1, 2004 at 9:49 AM
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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Haitian rebels seized Petit Goave, driving out local police and demanding the reinstatement of Haiti's military, Haitian television reports.

The rebels, many of them former soldiers, took over the city Tuesday.

Former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide disbanded the army in the 1990s, prompting the formation of armed rebel groups, which eventually forced him from power in February.

Rebels took over the country one town at a time until they made their way to the capital, Port-au-Prince, following Aristide's departure and the arrival of a U.S.-led interim peacekeeping force.

An 8,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping force is currently in Haiti.

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