Peru: Ex-Shining Path Group Reject Accusations Made by Government

Posted on July 14, 2011 • Filed under: Conflicts, Peru, Police/Military Activity, Politics, Shining Path

According to members of the National Movement for Amnesty and Fundamental Rights (Movadef), established by ex-rebels of the Shining Path movement, have denounced the Peruvian government for blaming the deaths of six protesters on Shining Path members. Movadef says that the government used the Puno protest over mining pollution to persecute the Shining Path movement. Additionally, Movadef officials say the government handed out pamphlets allegedly printed by the Shining Path movement. Thus, government officials were supposedly trying to prevent Movadef from becoming politically involved in Peru. The newspaper reports that even though the Peruvian government is still fighting small groups of Shining Path rebels, in Puno the government and police blamed the deaths of protesters on Shining Path members in order to escape prosecution for murder. Read Article

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