By ANITA SNOW – Associated Press – September 22, 1994
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ The United States muscled toward total military control of Haiti on Thursday, breaking up the army’s heavy weapons, guarding pro-democracy activists and giving U.S. troops more leeway to use force.
In a methodical effort to unravel the 1991 coup that overthrew elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, American forces also planned to move into the countryside and take over the training of rural police forces notorious for their harsh repression of civilians.
In the northern city of Cap-Haitien, Marines parked armored personnel carriers in front of several police stations. “There should be no misunderstanding by now that the Marines will intervene if necessary to prevent violence,” said Maj. Steve Little, a Marine spokesman.