PERU: Resist & Combat!

Luis Quispe lquispe at blythe.org
Sat Apr 20 17:05:06 MDT 1996


                PEOPLE'S WAR HOLDS STAGE IN PERU
                          Part 2 of 5


LIMA. GUERRILLA ATTACK ON A TRANSPORTATION COMPANY. On January 5,
1996, the offices of Empresa "Luz del Sur" were smashed by a PCP
contingent in the district of Villa Maria del Triunfo. A large
float of buses and trucks of this company are been used to
transport troops and paramilitary of the reactionary army in
Central and Southern Peru (El Comercio, El Mundo, January 5,
1996)
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FIGHT AMONG NARCO GENERALS. Fernando Rospigliosi (Jan. 21, 96.
Caretas 1395) stated that under pressure from the US Embassy, the
Peruvian Armed Forces will withdraw from the "war against drugs."
Currently there are many Generals involved in narcotrafficking
and some were already indicted. Rospigliosi acknowledges the fact
that in 1989, the PCP took over the police station and the city
Uchiza, after killing in combat and capturing most of its police.
It was surprising for the reactionaries to see how the entire
population supported the actions of the guerrilla against a hated
military. Afterwards, the Armed forces replaced the police in the
"fight against drugs" which led to its deep involvement in the
drug business. In 1995, the new police station of New Progreso
was again overrun by the Maoists. The regime has seen how the
people openly supported the rebels and criticized the corrupt and
abusive military. The change of the Army by the police in the
"war against drugs" is irrelevant. The drug barons have deeply
corrupted the military and police forces at all levels since 1989
when they entered the Huallaga Valley, especially during the
military coup of 1992, when the Army in alliance with the drug
cartels was fighting against the Maoist guerrillas. Several
military officers denounced their superiors for cooperating
openly with Colombian and Peruvian drug firms. Also, drug barons
such as Abelardo Cachiche and peasants in the region have
denounced the military for transporting cocaine in military
aircraft. "Cachiche" and exiled Army officials Castillo and
Valdivieso have testified that the government's allegations of a
purpotedly "PCP involvement in drugs" were untrue. Traditionally,
the Peruvian military (Army, Navy and Air Force) has been very
effective in murdering unarmed civilians and hundreds of
political prisoners (Cantogrande, El Fronton, Lurigancho, etc.) ,
but coward in fighting the PCP's People's Army who are defeating
the reactionary Army through a mobile guerrilla warfare in the
entire country, or the Ecuadorian Army, that has soundly defeated
the Peruvian genocidal Army during the last conflict in the
Northern border.

Journalist Mirko Lauer (Resumen Semanal Dec 29, 95) reported on a
major rift between the Army and the police has emerged. They are
competing for the control of the Huallaga Valley which means a
multimillion dollar drug business. The USDEA funds a police
program called "Dirandro." The conflict between these two corrupt
and criminal institutions has become public.  The Army
intelligence service released a video to a local channel "America
TV" showing the top police brass trafficking in drugs and
profiting from the properties confiscated to the drug barons. The
police responded by conducting a show during the capture of the
remnants of the MRTA and Lori Berenson whose actions were
harmless since they were under surveillance for at least one
year. Then, Fujimori congratulated the police, appointed a CIA
pawn general Ketin Vidal as its head. At the same time announced
that "no military is involved in drugs", the military tribunal
[made up by the same Army crooks] found 6 out of the 11 generals
implicated in the drug business, innocents. That is the way the
old state is crumbling along a raging People's War.
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WORKING CLASS FIGHTS PRIVATIZATION OF PETRO PERU. The National
Federation of Oil Workers (Fenpetrol) of Petro Peru based in the
oil refinery of Talara called for an indefinite strike beginning
on February 1st. The strike was called in protest for the firing
of 1,540 workers under the disguise that is being privatized.
Talara provides oil for the entire Northern region.  Several
imperialist companies are behind the privatization of Petro Peru
among them Oxy-Bridas and several subsidiaries of Yankee oil
companies among them Provisa, Rio Bravo, GMP, and Unipetro. The
Chinese capital is represented by Sapet. This capitalist company
has the particularity that all its workers are Chinese earnings
meager salaries. The union leaders of Petro Peru were accused of
being "terrorists" by the government. It is the struggle of the
people and the workers that has resisted further the sell out of
key resources to imperialist plunders.
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