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Hundreds supporting Fujimori forgiveness demonstrate in Lima

Hundreds supporting Fujimori forgiveness demonstrate in Lima

AFP / Ernesto BENAVIDES
Demonstrators take to Lima’s streets in support of the pardon granted to ex-president and form strongman Alberto Fujimori
Hundreds of Peruvians demonstrated in Lima Friday in support of the controversial pardon given to train strongman Alberto Fujimori. Waving a massive Peruvian flag and holding photos of Fujimori and President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who granted forgiveness last month, supporters of the ex-president marched through the streets of the Peruvian capital, yelling songs including “friend, Peru is with you!” and “terrorism never again!”
The 79-year-old Fujimori was serving a 25-year sentence for human rights abuses committed during his time in office from 1990 to 2000. Fujimori earned respect from many Peruvians for his ruthless and unflinching campaign to defeat leftist Shining Path guerrillas during his presidency. The forgiveness came just days after his Kenji and other Fujimorist lawmakers abstained from voting on Kuczynski’s impeachment in the face of a back door to the president of corruption charges. Kuczynski – who defeated Fujimori’s daughter Keiko for the presidency in 2016 – said he had pardoned the ex-president for humanitarian reasons, reneging on an election pledge never to be so. Kucynski on the streets of Kucynski. Relatives of Victims of Suicide under Fujimori’s Rule are appealing to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, which is said to be in Costa Rica and will hear their case on February 2.

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