Dissident soldiers Wednesday went on the radio and demanded the ouster of Lt. Gen. Prosper Avril, blaming him for the deaths of four rebels soldiers killed after a weekend coup attempt.
The announcement over independent Radio Metropole created confusion in the capital, which had been returning to normal after the deportation of those accused of leading the uprising.Stores immediately began closing and people returned to their homes.
Three noncommissioned officers and a captain from the Dessalines Barracks, the most feared and repressive unit in Haiti's 7,000-man army, appeared at Radio Metropole to issue the statement.
"Avril is responsible for the deaths of the Leopards. He must go," said an unidentified soldier.
He was referring to the killing of four mutinous soldiers from the Leopards Battalion during a skirmish with soldiers of the Presidential Guard.