Date: Thu, 24 Apr 97 11:30:05 CDT
From: "Workers World" <email@example.com>
Organization: WW Publishers
Subject: Peru massacre: U.S. backs terror attack on MRTA
Peru Massacre: U.S. Backs Fujimori's Terror Attack on MRTA
By Monica Ruiz, in Workers World,
1 May 1997
With a green light from Washington, the Alberto Fujimori
regime in Peru massacred 15 Tupac Amaru Revolutionary
Movement (MRTA) commandos and one hostage on April 22.
Some 150 soldiers stormed the Japanese ambassador's house-
-captured by the MRTA last Dec. 17--shooting and then
bombing the building several times as martial music played
in the backround. Fujimori's promises not to end the
standoff by force--and MRTA efforts to reach a negotiated
settlement--were drowned in blood.
The military assault on the compound was clearly
organized, supported and approved by the U.S. government.
ABC News Nightline reported April 22 that U.S. Army Special
Forces had planned the attack and trained the Peruvian
soldiers. But they made sure no U.S. forces were among those
entering the compound. Both ABC and CNN reported that U.S.-
supplied Israeli forces were also involved.
Shortly after the MRTA successfully took over the
residence in December, the Pentagon sent a team of security
advisers and a special Delta Force commando to Lima. It also
supplied high-tech surveillance equipment. Washington is
Peru's largest source of economic and military aid.
From the beginning, the Clinton administration took the
position that the Fujimori government should not negotiate
with the rebels. The day before the military assault, U.S.
Ambassador to Peru Dennis Jett, referring to the MRTA rebels
inside the compound, said, "There are 15 in there who have to
worry about the tactics of their leaders and what that will
mean when the moment comes, if they are ready to give their
Immediately after the massacre the U.S. State Department
issued a statement saying "the rebels are fully responsible"
for the violent end of the standoff. State Department
spokesperson Nicholas Burns also said that the MRTA demand
to release 400 political prisoners from Peru's prisons was
The MRTA had captured the Japanese ambassador's residence,
along with hundreds of wealthy and well-connected party
goers, to call attention to the poverty and misery of the
Peruvian majority and to demand the release of 400 MRTA
After this murderous assault, the progressive movement
around the world should be vigilant against further
repression by Fujimori's regime against the political
prisoners and the revolutionary movement in Peru--especially
against the MRTA and the Peruvian Communist Party.
The world working-class movement and the movement for
liberation from misery and oppression in Peru will always
remember these fallen comrades. As with the 1871 Paris
Communards who, as Karl Marx wrote, "stormed heaven," the
blood of these martyrs will give rise to thousands of new
fighters against U.S.-backed oppression.
This movement--based in the working class and involving
the millions of poor and indigenous peasants--will not only
remember their lives but will also remember their deaths and
the faces and names of those who ordered their execution.
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