William «Zeke» Petrie and Steven Parker Shaw are the two Americans who were arrested along with 48 other aspiring soldiers during a protest in Port-au-Prince. Petrie, 39 is from Barberton, Ohio, and Parker, 57 is from Dighton, Massachusetts. Two other foreigners were arrested (an American man and a Canadian woman) when they brought medication to Petrie, who is diabetic. They were released the morning after the marches.
The troops, which are not sanctioned, have been pressuring the Martelly government to to keep his campaign promise of restoring the army. The two Americans have been charged with conspiracy, but claim they were simply helping friends and providing logistical support. Haitian authorities say that they were driving a group of marchers.
William «Zeke» Petrie and Steven Parker Shaw in their Port-au-Prince cell.
Steven Parker Shaw in handcuffs after being arrested.
An old picture of William «Zeke» Petrie who, although not a native of Haiti, speaks Creole and has been there for years.