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Fujimori extradited, Peruvians left to right celebrate justice.

category international | crime and justice | news report author Saturday September 22, 2007 19:53author by iosaf Report this post to the editors

It's difficult to succinctly represent the emotions in Peru today as the former president Fujimori returns from Chile on an extradition order to faces charges of corruption and human rights abuses. But when both the newspaper of the establishment "El Commercio" and the local (((i))) indymedia node coincide in minute by minute coverage of the event, it surely merits our attention & a passing reminder of at least some of the chapters of Peru's history which may soon see appendices of justice written.
something for all tastes - justice is written.
something for all tastes - justice is written.

Peru quite successfully in my opinion tackled many of the issues which remained from the 20 years of its history which saw civil war conditions between the state based in Lima and various groups most notably the "shining path" &/or "tupac amaru". The commission of truth and reconciliation's final report ran to many hundreds of pages of cheaply produced paper detailing cheaply spent lives.
http://www.cverdad.org.pe/ifinal/index.php
I write that the final report "quite successfully" tackled the enormity of the crimes, abuses and genocide simply because Peruvians I have known representative of the tiny "middle class" in South America, meaning with education equivalent to or including 3rd level and decent dentristy & so on - not only read the report, which was sent to every household, but thought it worhwhile enough to send on to friends. Today as "El Commercio" offers its web-readers minute by minute coverage, http://origin.elcomercioperu.com.pe/ediciononline/HTML/....html
videos, background, & the whole pdf file of the extradition case against Fujimori http://origin.elcomercioperu.com.pe/ediciononline/HTML/...N.pdf
I think of one friend who worked both with the Peruvian indymedia node and as a trainee journalist with "el Commercio" who in fact gave me that report on "truth and reconciliation" with the simple explanation that her father a retired military naval officer had thought such revealations would destabilise democracy. That in a nutshell is why we seperate military institutions from political ones.

As I wrote in the introduction, I can't succinctly in a nutshell explain the past of Peru. No sooner would I attempt such a thing, then some commentator would come decrying the role of local military forces, blaming the maoists for their massacres, declaring the absence of the CIA or School of the Americas, demanding condemnation of all sides and ritual shaking of that limp aspidistra.

Enough to say that in Peru today, a wish upon a shooting star made by decent men and women & in their names their children, regardless of political prejudice, left or right has come true..... perhaps thanks to Chile, perhaps simply thanks to their tenacity as a people to move together to a democratic future.

Accordingly at 6pm local time indymedia readers in Lima are called to celebrate justice at the Chilean embassy. http://peru.indymedia.org/news/2007/09/35875.php And they offer their own pdf files just as their fellow citizens on the right wing, files, files, pages & pages, boxes and boxes of accountability. Not of murder pits. Not darkened rooms and burnt villages. This it appears is how justice is written.

http://www.andina.com.pe/edpespeciales/especiales/fallo...i.pdf

The wikipedia file on Fujimoro which I suppose will now provide some commentators sceptical of a belief in justice and accountability and yearning for truth will pick at to say what I have not said -
blame belonged to one and only one side http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberto_Fujimori

my last link is to the "red warrent" issued by Interpol in its english translation for the arrest of Fujimori in 2003, all of 4 and half years ago, since when he lived in a luxury mansion.

Related Link: http://www.interpol.int/Public/ICPO/PressReleases/PR2003/PR200305.asp
author by iosafpublication date Sun Sep 23, 2007 17:35author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Fujimori was the first head of a Latin American state of "east Asian" descent. That ethnicity ought be clear from his surname. The war carried out by the state against the various factions in rebellion or insurgency left many hundreds of thousands of people dead, but the commission for truth and reconciliation noted that the vast majority of those came from 2 indiginous ethnic groups.
As some would suggest that some of Lima when polled would welcome a return by Fujimori or his daughter to the presidency at the next elections. I thought to mention "ethnicity".

The legal ban on Fujimori holding office has stood since his resignation in 2000. He resigned by fax whilst on a visit to Japan. The Peruvian congress had just begun to realise the extent of corruption over which his regime presided & that it compounded the shock of revealations of a compulsory sterilisation program. [1996 and 2000, surgeons carried out 215,227 sterilising operations on women and 16,547 male vasectomies. This compared to 80,385 sterilisations and 2,795 vasectomies over the previous three years. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/2148793.stm ]
Those who were sterilised belonged overwhelmingly to one indiginous ethnic group.

Under the terms of the extradition warrent approved by Chile, which may be read through 2 links in the article above, Fujimori will go on trial for ordering death squads who carried out two notorious massacres—known as Barrios Altos and La Cantuta university. He will not go on trial for sterilisation. nor ethnocide. nor what was genocide. If he serves his sentance he may hypothetically stand for election at some far future date.

The majority of those deaths he will stand trial for were of citizens belonging to the dominant-European mixed-descent group of Peru's middle and upper class. That group is pretty typical of the "haves" in South America, its differences from Chile or Argentina simply being less German & Italian influence and more French and British (Scottish), those ethnic legacies are still reflected in the religious orders who operate private schools in Lima as much as the phone directory.

If his supporters can bring his daughter Keiko Fujimori to punt the next presidential elections
as those damn aspidistra balanced types of wikipedia pages would have you believe is likely [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberto_Fujimori#Popular_S...pport ] she will undoubtedly run against Ollante Humala in the primaries. For those who do not recall the last Peruvian general election which almost saw Humala elected & thus have no idea of his controversial background - Humala's brother founded the "etnocacerista" movement, which is a pro-ethnic style platform which promotes indiginous interest on grounds of race. It borrowed extensively from the symbology of European 1930's nazism & though was quasi-Bolivarian and certainly far-left in economic philosophy represented at once a natural response to the ethnocide of the Fujimori years as much as the most perverse twist in the dialectic which is South American socialist evolution. [ his wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ollanta_Humala - he of course appeared on the mystery tuna tins after the Peru 2007 earthquake http://indymedia.ie/article/83812?&condense_comments=fa...5122-

But by that stage the unrelenting work of socialists, of Bolivarian and Anarchists, Chavs and Liberal democrats will have ensured the nastier edges of revenge are removed by the simple writing of justice..,

For I as I hope all readers, would prefer race have nothing to with the future of Peru as any state. The most succesfully ethnically mixed and integrated nation-state on earth is Brazil. We could all do well, all of humanity and certainly all of Europe - from Irish open counter retailer to Polish strong farmer, from eastern German dentists to Portuguese tree doctors, from Icelandic masseur to Rumanian doctors, from A to Z were we to repeat the beautiful mix of Brazil in future generations.

further suggested reading on the last Peruvian presidential elections (2 of my other articles)-
for God, "my" Patria & the Coca growers - http://indymedia.ie/article/77484
To vote or not to Vote http://indymedia.ie/article/75334

the Extradition file (spanish pdf)
http://www.andina.com.pe/edpespeciales/especiales/fallo...i.pdf
http://origin.elcomercioperu.com.pe/ediciononline/HTML/...N.pdf

the Commission on Truth & Reconciliation Final Report - (spanish language multiple pdf & zip files) http://www.cverdad.org.pe/ifinal/index.php

last link to the 2003 Interpol warrent (english)

Related Link: http://www.interpol.int/Public/ICPO/PressReleases/PR2003/PR200305.asp
author by iosafpublication date Wed Dec 12, 2007 14:43author address author phone Report this post to the editors

read about it here in english. The trial was short yet eventful, the usually calm Fujimoro began with an outburst claiming he had never done anything wrong, (which didn't really impress anyone) then suffered high blood pressure (which got him a few minutes of recess) & now he's off to jail.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7139719.stm

author by hungry aunty lucypublication date Fri Aug 29, 2008 07:12author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Peru is at high emotions this evening (their time) as reaction to the infiltration of Fujimori supporters at a commemoration to mark the 5th anniversary of Peru's Truth & Reconciliation process ceremony to unveil a monument to the 69,000 dead. The Fujimorists shouted military slogans whose effects to hurt are deeper considering the recent military rule the Amazonian indiginous communities experienced whilst fighting (succesfully) attempts by President Garcia to sell off their hydrocarbon resources by decree.

Time it seems does not heal all.

http://www.rpp.com.pe/2008/08/28/fujimoristas_irrumpen_....html
http://www.elcomercio.com.pe/ediciononline/html/2008-08....html

author by And justice for all...publication date Wed Apr 08, 2009 00:25author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori was convicted of human rights crimes and sentenced to 25 years in prison today, the first time a democratically elected Latin American president has been found guilty in his own country of such offenses.

A three-judge panel convicted him of ordering a military death squad to carry out two massacres that killed 25 people during his 1990-2000 rule, when he was battling communist guerrillas.

Nearly 70,000 people died in two decades of conflict in the Andean country.
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2009/0407/...1.htm
http://peru.indymedia.org/

 
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