[Bourgeois calls for revolutionaries to surrender often seize hold of the most tarnished and discredited tools–in this case, Abimael Guzman aka “Gonzalo” who was a founder and leader of the Communist Party of Peru until he was captured and renounced the people’s war for power and for revolutionary transformation of Peru. While some in Nepal have already taken the path of surrender, Nepali revolutionary Maoists are having nothing of it, as the struggle for revolution against revisionism continues within the UNCN(M) and, importantly, in the streets and villages. — Frontlines ed.]
President of the Nepali Congress (NC), Sushil Koirala, asks Maoists to renounce revolutionary program, armed struggle, and to adopt peaceful reform
After Peruvian Maoist leader Gonzalo was captured, in time he sang a different tune of surrender, and denounced the Peoples War--winning him praise from reactionaries.
Koirala urges Maoists to follow Gonzalo’s advice
by SANTOSH POKHAREL, myrepublica.com
POKHARA, Jan 7: Nepali Congress (NC) President Sushil Koirala on Saturday has urged the UCPN (Maoist) to follow Peruvian revolutionary leader Gonzalo´s advice to renounce violence and adopt peaceful politics.
Speaking at a function in Pokhara, President Koirala urged the Maoists not to go against the democratic system and derail the peace process. He urged the Maoists to adopt the path of peace and constitution to bring about prosperity in the country.
“Even Peruvian revolutionary leader Gonzalo, who orchestrated the killing of about 70,000 people the guerilla war popularly known as ´Shining Path´, has asked the Maoists to adopt the path of peace. Maoists should follow the path of peace,” he said.
Gonzalo, who is currently serving a jail term, had reportedly sent a letter to the UCPN (Maoist) through his aides.
“The leader who led once of the greatest armed rebellion also acknowledged the importance of peaceful means. The Maoists should also acknowledge the fact,” he further said.
Koirala also warned that the Maoists would perish if they try to impose dictatorship in the country. Continue reading →
STATEMENT ON THE IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF ACTIVISTS ARRESTED IN BOLIVIA
In August 1st, the repression forces of Bolivian State raided the office of the Center for Popular Studies (CEP) and arrested the Peruvian activists Hugo Wálter Minaya Romero, Williams Antonio Minaya Romero, Blanca Riveros Alarcón and José Antonio Cantoral Benavides.
The action was directly commanded by the dome of Evo Morales government and executed by the Special Cases Investigation Group (GICE) and the Special Force of Fight Against the Crime (FELCC) of El Alto city. The director of FELCC, Roberto Campos, said the activists “were apprehended in circumstances in which they were making pamphleteering” with lines against the gasolinazo (the policy to higher the price of gas) and the transnationals in Bolivia, and these pamphlets were addressed to the academic community of Popular University of El Alto – UPEA (El Mundo, 02/08/2011). The Morales’ Government Minister itself, Sacha Llorenti, said they “worked preparing pamphlets against Bolivian government and recruiting persons to give classes”, and that they would have linkages with the Shining Path, as it’s called the Communist Party of Peru (Maoist)
Representatives of the government said still that 3 between the activists would be sumarily expelled from Bolivia to Peru, and the National Comission on Refugees (Conare) would make an emergence meeting to face the case of José Antonio Cantoral Benavides, which has officialy recognized refugee status. Continue reading →
Naitonal Police troops and soliders fired on a crowd of protesters staging an occupation of the airport at Juliaca, in Peru’s conflicted southern region of Puno, leaving six dead and at least 37 injured. Protesters had succeeded in setting one of the terminals on fire when security forces started shooting. The protesters were Quechua campesinos from the neighboring province of Azángaro, who are demanding remediation of the local Río Ramis following its pollution by small-scale mining operations in the area of Ananea district, San Antonio de Putina province. The National Confederation of Communities Affected by Mining (CONACAMI) condemned the killings as “ethnocide and genocide…against the protests of the original Quechua people, defenders of life.” (La Republica, June 25; CONACAMI, Mariátegui blog, June 24)
In the south-central region of Huancavelica, protests are continuing in the fifth day of an indefinite civil strike called by the Defense Front for the Interests of Huancavelica. The strike was called to demand justice for three student protesters—including one minor—killed by the National Police June 21 during protests over budget cuts at the University of Huancavelica. Up to 100 were injured in the incident. (Mariátegui, June 24; AFP, June 22) Continue reading →
(IPS) – Poor, rural, Quechua-speaking women in the Peruvian province of Anta who were victims of a forced sterilisation programme between 1996 and 2000 have filed a new lawsuit in their continuing struggle for justice.
In May 2009, Jaime Schwartz, the public prosecutor investigating the case against four former health ministers of the Alberto Fujimori administration (1990-2000), decided to shelve the investigation. He said the case involved alleged crimes against the victims’ life, body and health, and manslaughter, and that the statute of limitations had expired.
But the plaintiffs in the case had brought accusations of genocide and torture, which as crimes against humanity have no statute of limitation. The attorney-general’s office upheld Schwartz’s decision, overruling the complaint lodged against it by the victims and the human rights organisations providing them with legal advice.
Now the Women’s Association of Forced Sterilisation Victims of Anta, a mountainous province in the southern department of Cuzco, has decided to combat impunity with a new strategy: it is presenting a new lawsuit against those responsible for family planning policy in the last four years of the Fujimori regime. Continue reading →
Campaign for International Justice
The Peruvian Government should abandon any attempt to legislate in favour of human rights violators, Amnesty International said today. Four legislative decrees issued by President Alan García, using powers delegated to him by the Peruvian Congress, could allow cases involving people under investigation for crimes against humanity to be closed.
“The legislative decrees adopted last Wednesday in Peru are a grave setback for respect of human rights and lay the foundations for a possible covert amnesty”, Susan Lee, Director of Amnesty International’s Americas Programme said.
The provisions approved by President García range from the sanctioning of a new Code of Police and Military Justice to the application of new procedural norms for cases involving human rights violations. Decree1097 allows the dismissal of cases in which the period allowed for investigation of the accused by the Public Prosecutor’s Office and the judiciary has been exceeded. “The failure of the Peruvian State to make efforts to investigate human rights violations committed in the past is an excuse to close investigations of those accused of having committed such crimes which could amount to a covert amnesty”, Susan Lee said. Continue reading →
A boy holds up oil sludge from the Marañón River in the Peruvian Amazon. Credit:Federación de Comunidades Nativas del Río Corrientes Wednesday, 07
July 2010 12:24
Written by David Hill
On June 19 hundreds of barrels of oil were spilled in a remote part of the Peruvian Amazon, leading to calls for a ‘state of emergency’ to be declared and an appeal to the United Nations to intervene.
The oil was spilled by Argentine company Pluspetrol on the River Maranon in Loreto, northern Peru. This is far from the first time. According to a June 25 article in the Peruvian weekly Hildebrandt en sus trece, the same company has spilled oil 78 times in the last four years in this region: four spills in 2006, 23 in 2007, 18 in 2008, 23 in 2009, and 10 this year already.
‘We went down to the river to do our washing and realised there were traces of oil in the water. That was a shock. We went a little further along the bank and soon realised that there were patches of oil everywhere in the river,’ said one local resident in an interview with radio station La Voz de la Selva, which has followed events closely.
Beginning with a series of protests last year, Peru’s Amazonian indigenous groups are now leading a full-fledged rebellion against the pro-business policies of President Alan García. The government has responded with brutal violence to the protests, which are demanding that a series of decrees to promote extractive industries in the jungle be overturned among other things. Amazonian groups, who are being joined by an ever-widening swath of society, are now calling for García’s resignation.
On June 6, near a stretch of highway known as the Devil’s Curve in the northern Peruvian Amazon, police began firing live rounds into a multitude of indigenous protestors – many wearing feathered crowns and carrying spears. In the nearby towns of Bagua Grande, Bagua Chica, and Utcubamba, shots also came from police snipers on rooftops, and from a helicopter that hovered above the mass of people. Both natives and mestizos took to the streets protesting the bloody repression.
From his office in Bagua, a representative of Save the Children, the child anti-poverty organization, reported that children as young as four-years-old were wounded by the indiscriminate police shooting. President Alan García had hinted the government would respond forcefully to “restore order” in the insurgent Amazonian provinces, where he had declared a state of siege on May 9 suspending most constitutional liberties. The repression was swift and fierce. Continue reading →