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Haitian ex-soldiers in hiding renew call for president to restore disbanded military

The leaders of a small group of ex-soldiers who agitated for the return of Haiti's disbanded military earlier this year are renewing that call following six months in hiding.

Four former sergeants tell The Associated Press they want to see Haitian President Michel Martelly honor his campaign vow to re-establish the army. They say they want to do so without violence.

The men and their followers went into hiding in May after a pro-army street march drew hundreds and police then arrested 50 people on charges that included conspiracy. Authorities also closed the old military bases the group had illegally occupied.

The veterans talked with the AP on Saturday at a hillside clearing southwest of the Caribbean nation's capital where they say they resumed training a month ago.