For weeks, an armed band of former Haitian soldiers has...
For weeks, an armed band of former Haitian soldiers has occupied an old military camp in the capital, where they carry out military training in defiance of the government.
"We took control of something that is ours. No one can force us to leave this place," said David Dorme, the leader of the group and a former sergeant in Haiti's army, which was disbanded in disgrace almost two decades ago.
The camp and others that have sprung up in different parts of the country are the latest manifestations of a push to revive Haiti's army, which was long considered responsible for decades of human rights abuses and corruption, as well as a bloody military coup in 1991.
The former soldiers have ignored appeals by President Michel Martelly to put down their weapons and leave the camp, where men brandishing assault rifles and handguns proclaim they are defending the nation's constitutional right.
That may be in large part because Martelly has himself declared the army's reconstitution a central goal of his government, much to the dismay of Western governments that believe Haiti has far greater priorities in the wake of a devastating 2010 earthquake.
Martelly faces mounting international pressure to take tougher action to evict and disarm the would-be soldiers before they grow any bolder and pose a threat to political stability.
Don't you play soft with the ball. Because our weapons will stay with us until the corns is ready to harvest...