Stop the Deportation of Julian Salazar Calero!

Jennifer Kuhlman bigbutt at juno.com
Wed Jun 12 07:36:49 MDT 1996


On Wed, 12 Jun 1996 01:21:19 -0700 detcom at sprynet.com writes:
>
>
>>Greetings!  Here is a post that was sent out over a number of
>>different lists and to various organizations.  I thought it
>>had been sent it to the M-List and everyone saw it, but now I'm
>not sure. But this appeal looks better than "quispes".
>
>>-Jay / Detroit
>>
>><---- Begin Forwarded Message ---->
>
>>Date: Sun, 9 Jun 1996 18:17:22 -0400
>>>Subject: Stop the Deportation of Julian Salazar Calero!
>>
>> STOP THE DEPORTATION OF JULIAN SALAZAR CALERO!
>>
>>On May 30, 1996, the Immigration and Naturalization Service in New
>York
>>City detained a Peruvian immigrant by the name of Julian Salazar
>Calero.
>> He is accused of being a "terrorist", a member of the Shining Path
>>insurgency in Peru, and is facing extradition.  But extradition to
>Peru
>>could easily be the equivalent of a death sentence.
>>
>>In Peru, the government's efforts to suppress the insurgency has led
>to
>>a "dirty war", where police and soldiers detain, torture, and even
>kill
>>people on the faintest suspicions.  Death squads have been known to
>>murder students and university professors, and a system of "faceless
>>judges", or military courts where hooded "judges" pass out sentences
>>after trials lasting a few minutes, have been used to terrify people.
>
>>Lawyers who defend political prisoners sometimes end up in prison
>>themselves, for the "crime" of defending their clients.  Peru's
>prisons
>>are packed with thousands of political prisoners, approximately 80%
>of
>>which are suffering from tuberculosis, living under extremely harsh
>>conditions.
>>
>>In the countryside, the intimidating activities of the armed forces
>>often cause people to label others "subversives" because of personal
>>jealousies or rivalries, when faced with armed soldiers who demand to
>
>>know who the insurgents are.  Julian raised cattle and reported the
>>theft of some of his cattle to corrupt police.  The police did
>nothing
>>and later charged him with being a subversive, so he fled to the
>capital
>>city when faced with such an unsubstantiated accusation.  Unable to
>find
>>work, he came to the United States.  In September 1993, military
>police
>>tortured his brother-in-law, Roberto Calderon Garagate, to death and
>>tortured his father-in-law.  His mother-in law was forced to cook
>supper
>>for the assailants over the body of her son.  In May 1994, police
>>arrested his wife after arresting a man they claimed was a terrorist
>who
>>had rented a room in their house.
>>
>>Julian has been living in the United States, working as a caretaker
>for
>>an elderly man and as a gardener.  He applied for political asylum in
>
>>1993, and on the advise of his attorney, presented himself to
>>immigration authorities in New York City for his asylum hearing.  He
>was
>>immediately seized and held without bail as a suspected "terrorist".
>>
>>As the New York Times put it in an article from June 4: "If convicted
>by
>>a Peruvian military court, whose judge's identity is shielded to
>protect
>>against reprisals, Mr. Salazar faces life in prison. Conviction by
>such
>>courts is almost a certainty."
>>
>>The government of Alberto Fujimori, which seized dictatorial powers
>>after a military coup in 1992 which suspended democracy and the
>>Constitution, is demanding his extradition.  The New York Times and
>La
>>Prensa-El Diario proclaim him to be a "Shining Path terrorist".  Yet
>his
>>friends, family and neighbors in this country can easily attest to
>his
>>honesty, hard work and good nature.  Why would a "terrorist" flee to
>>America, rather than join the guerrillas fighting in the jungles?
>Why
>>would a "terrorist" apply for political asylum, and then present
>himself
>>to the immigration authorities, after complying with all the
>immigration
>>laws?  We believe that a man is innocent until proven guilty, but in
>>Peru the government clearly believes the opposite, which has resulted
>in
>>the imprisonment and death of many innocent people.
>>
>>We urgently need your support to stop his extradition.  We are
>gathering
>>signatures to petition lawmakers to stop his deportation.  We demand
>he
>>receive his hearing for political asylum and that he be allowed to
>>remain in the United States.
>>
>>Send letters or postcards of support to:
>>
>>Justice for Julian
>>8 Huntington St.
>>Suite 139
>>Huntington, CT 06484
>>
>>Write to Connecticut's sentators and urge them to help Julian get
>>political asylum:
>>
>>Sen. Joseph Lieberman
>>U.S. Senate
>>Washington, DC
>>Fax: 860 549-8478
>>
>>Sen. Christopher Dodd
>>U.S. Senate
>>Washington, DC
>>Fax: 860 258-6958
>>
>
>
>
>Dear comrades from Detroit Peru Solidarity Committee:
>
>We thank for your note and want to add some comments of our own.
>
>Most people know about Lenin once speaking about the opportunists as
>people
>who would swear by Marxim there where Marxism is popular, and who in
>the
>same breath would swear by the values of the bourgeoisie there where
>it is
>not.  Surely Ms Gina would ask comrade Olaechea for the "exact quote".
>
>
>We are convinced that anyone with a spare copy of Left Wing Communism
>can do
>the spade work for that lazy bones, if push comes to shove!  The point
>is
>that opportunist practices, as comrade Olaechea has already pointed
>out, are
>dangerous snares for those who get caught in these.
>
>We are glad that the pretence of membership in the phony "MPP-USA" has
>been
>dropped clean from the issue of Mr. Salazar Calero, precisely because
>we are
>most interested in frustrating the Fujimori regime's plans in that
>respect.
>
>Now we learn the truth from Julian Salazar Calero's own mouth (his
>representatives speak for him as he would in court):
>
>"Julian raised cattle and reported the theft of some of his cattle to
>corrupt police.  The police did nothing and later charged him with
>being a
>subversive, so he fled to the capital city when faced with such an
>unsubstantiated accusation.  Unable to find work, he came to the
>United
>States.  In September 1993, military police tortured his
>brother-in-law,
>Roberto Calderon Garagate, to death and tortured his father-in-law.
>His
>mother-in law was forced to cook supper for the assailants over the
>body of
>her son.  In May 1994, police
>arrested his wife after arresting a man they claimed was a terrorist
>who
>had rented a room in their house.Julian has been living in the United
>States, working as a caretaker for an elderly man and as a gardener.
>He
>applied for political asylum in 1993, and on the advise of his
>attorney,
>presented himself to immigration authorities in New York City for his
>asylum
>hearing.  He was
>immediately seized and held without bail as a suspected "terrorist"".
>
>Well, here we have a truly credible story which is substantially
>similar to
>that of many Peruvians who have had to flee to various countries
>abroad -
>most times having to sell everything they own and borrow heavily from
>their
>friends and family to pay their way - to escape the Japanese
>concentration
>camp into which the criminal Fujimori dictatorship - a puppet of US
>imperialism - has converted our country, Peru.
>
>We think that on this basis, a United Anti-Fascist front can be build
>around
>the issue of Preventing the Deportation of Mr. Salazar Calero with a
>fair
>perspective of success.
>
>
>Committee Sol Peru - London
>International Commission
>
>
>
>
>
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