Haiti Press Network, June 27, 2002-06-30. Cayes ? The leaders of the regional branch of the Convergence reported persecution against their followers by supporters of the current regime. They also spoke against Paul Arista, a CASEC member from the locality of Guilbaud, located in the Commune of Torbeck. Paul Arista, accompanied by men armed with knives, batons, and stabbing weapons, allegedly entered a facility where farmers supporting the opposition were meeting to discuss their problems. Police allegedly arrested several of these individuals.
Click here for Reuters investigative article on growing estrangement of farmers from regime, with commentary by Haiti Democracy Project.