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Reports From Peru 
Follow up on Events Surrounding the Peruvian Presidential Elections

By Richard Petty Deegan
May 16, 2000

Alejandro Toledo Manrique
After Harvard alumni, Peruvian candidate Alejandro Toledo Manrique,  indicated on Thursday, May 12,  his willingness to release MRTA terrorist ringleader Lori Berenson and other convicted terrorists, there was a prompt and overwhelming negative reaction from the Peruvian populace. Although his statement, which was reported by Reuters, AP, Agencie France Presse, EFE, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, was not covered in Peru’s largest (pro-Toledo Manrique) newspapers, El Comercio and LaRepublica or on their affiliated television/ radio stations, the statement was heard on some TV news shows and later was printed in Peruvian newspapers not openly hostile to Peru's President, Fujimori.

As the Peruvian citizenry became alarmed at Toledo Manrique’s latest attempt to self-destruct, his spokesmen were quick to work on “spinning” the issue.  Carlos Ferrero, of Peru Possible, stated that what was said was 'said in English', and it wasn’t 'appropriate' to translate it into Spanish. Luis Solari, another designated representative, denied that Toledo Manrique had said anything at all. However it turned out that this desire to free terrorists (which would not appeal to any Peruvian who suffered through the era of bombs and assaults provoked by these groups and thus could hardly be a campaign promise to the voters) was simply a repetition of statements made during a prsidential debate with another candidate in Miami in March, for television station Telemundo, watched by many hispanics throughout the US.

The negative outcry in Peru against freeing convicted MRTA and Shining Path terrorists led Toledo Manrique to completely reverse himself on Friday-when he stated that he would never release any terrorist!  It's interesting, that while Toledo Manrique was reported to have met for extended conversations with Berenson’s (usually taciturn) parents in March, the parents (after hearing this change of heart) issued a statement saying that they could trust nobody in the Peruvian government to help their daughter and that President Clinton must step in.  Did Toledo Manrique renege on a promise made to the Berensons?

Four Latin American nations attack US intervention

The Foreign Ministers of Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela and Colombia have expressed their solidarity with Peru in roundly denouncing the  “external interference by the United States” in the internal affairs of Latin American nations.  This support was manifested at the conclusion of a round of meetings of the Andean Council of Foreign Ministers of the Andean Community of Nations.

Venezuelan Minister Jose Vincente Rangel said that:

...“Undertaking this runoff [election] is an interesting and important process, and it should be left to the Peruvians to settle their affairs by their own democratic process.”

He emphasized his opposition to

...“extraterritorial laws and external interference”, by which he meant that “the US Congress should occupy itself with other matters and not with the Peruvian situation”.

He said that the Andean nations had been hesitant in speaking,

...“due to the harsh criticism coming from the US and the European Union. These countries themselves exercise the greatest watchfulness. If the democratic mechanisms are working in each country that is the best resource for resolve such matters”, he affirmed.

Ecuadorian Minister Heinz Mueller expounded a similar opinion, referring to “the importance of letting the Peruvians decide their own destiny without the necessity of advice or tutorials”

Chancellor Fernando de Trazegnies reiterated international law and the UN charter under which no country may interfere in the internal affairs of another saying: “If there are those who think differently, that’s their problem.”

Vice Minister Ana Maria Solares of Bolivia stated that her country always “remembers and is respectful of the international principal of non-interference in the internal affairs of another country.”

At the same time as this declaration was being issued in Lima (April28), Peruvian presidential candidate Alejandro Toledo Manrique on the campaign trail in Washington (Reuters-Apr 28), stated that 'democratic' countries such as Mexico, Brazil, Chile and Argentina, with the assistance of the United States and the European Union, must serve as 'models' for the 'integration' of Latin America.

Mexico has had one-party rule for over seventy years, Chile, until recently, was under the dictatorial control of General Pinochet (who is still in the Senate) and Argentina has yet to acknowledge or explain the tens of thousands of “disappeared” citizens during their 'Dirty Little War'..

Final results of first election votes by Peruvians living out of the country show that Peruvians living in the US  voted 60% in favor of Fujimori vs. 29.9% for Toledo Manrique.  Latin American results were overwhelming for Fujimori except for Mexico (49%-38% in favor of Toledo Manrique TM), Argentina (41.6%-41.4% in favor of Toledo Manrique TM) and Cuba (41% -33% in favor of Toledo Toledo Manrique). Toledo Manrique also led among Peruvians living in Germany, Spain, Holland, and Russia.

On April 29, novelist (and NWO stooge) Mario Vargas Llosa, who was a candidate for the presidecy of Peru in 1990, stated that the Archbishop of Lima, Juan Luis Cardinal Cipriani, has refused to allow the Catholic Church to mediate the election only because he (Cipriani) “is one of the pillars of the [Fujimori] dictatorship.”

How strange that in this so-called 'dictatorship', all political signs and billboards from the first election have been removed (as required by law), except in Lima (where one-third of the country’s population lives).  In Lima, under Mayor Andrade, all such campaign material has been removed except  material referring to either Toledo Manrique or Andrade.  Today, at each of the 15 busiest intersections in Lima, there are a ten by twenty five foot billboards touting Toledo Manrique.  Nowhere in Lima, however,  is there anything displayed promoting the 'dictator', President Fujimori.

What kind of  'dictator' can Fujimori be if he supposedly used 'fraud' to win an election by a bare 13,000 votes and then can’t send in the armed forces to take down Toledo Manrique´s propaganda?

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