The military government expelled a Canadian priest accused of disturbing Haiti's social and political order after he refused to reveal the names of his parishioners, radio stations reported Saturday.
Rev. Rene Poirier, a Roman Catholic parish priest in the southern town of Grand Goave, was accused by Haiti's army rulers of making "insulting public declarations which are liable to disturb the social and political order established in the country," Radio Metropole reported Saturday.Poirier, 54, allegedly refused a demand by a local police official in Grand Goave that he submit a list of members of his congregation who attended one of his recent religious services, Radio Haiti Inter reported.
Though it is unclear why the official wanted the names, Poirier is known to be a member of the radical wing of the Roman Catholic Church that opposes the military government and calls on the poor to organize themselves politically. He lived in Haiti for four years, Radio Metropole said.