PROTEST RALLY: FREE JULIAN CALERO!

Luis Quispe lquispe at nyxfer.blythe.org
Thu Jun 20 08:18:00 MDT 1996


                                    Contact: Robert de La Cruz
                                          (203) 732-9754

                     URGENT PRESS RELEASE

NO TO THE DEPORTATION OF POLITICAL REFUGEES TO THE DEATH SQUADS
              AND FACELESS JUDGES IN PERU!
              FREE JULIAN CALERO NOW!

Democratic and progressive forces in the world,

On Thursday May 30th, 1996, Julian Calero-Salazar, a Peruvian citizen
residing legally in the United States, was arrested by agents of the
FBI while he was attending an on-going hearing on his application for
political asylum at 26 Federal Plaza, NYC. There was not a legal
warrant for his arrest, except a request for his extradition by the
Peruvian government headed by dictator Alberto Fujimori. If he is
deported, the U.S. Government will be delivering an innocent man to be
imprisoned for life and most likely to be tortured and killed.

It is public knowledge that Peru's military Courts are run by
draconian "faceless judges" and narcotraffickers who are involved in
the most blatant human rights abuses against the people. In this
situation, how is it possible for the Clinton Administration to hand
this innocent person to the "faceless judges" after the State
Department has publicly denounced Peru's violation of basic
international legal rights in the case of US citizen Lori Berenson?
How is it possible for this Administration, that has preached respect
for Human Rights as the cornerstone of its foreign policy, to hand
over an innocent campesino to the death squads and "faceless judges"
of the Fujimori regime?

Julian has been unjustly accused of being a member of the Shining Path
in Peru which is a total falsehood. Contrary to the unsubstantiated
charges of the Peruvian regime, there is ample evidence that Julian
and his family are victims of a cruel political persecution. He and
his family have been victims of a blatant repression by Fujimori's
police and intelligence services (SIN). All began in the peasant
community of Curi, a highland near Lima. In 1989, cattle and other
livestock were stolen from Julian's farm and the thieves were arrested
by the community. The police, historical allies of thieves and
landowners in the area, entered the community of Curi and threatened
to kill Julian and his family.

The same year, he fled the country and arrived by land in the United
States. In 1991, the guerrillas  ambushed the military in the peasant
communities of Caya and Rajanya. Although he was no longer in Peru, he
was falsely accused by the military of participating in this incident.
His family went into hiding. However, in September 1993, his brother-
in-law was detained, and was taken to the police station for
interrogation. He died while being tortured. In June 1994, the police
found Julian's wife Fresia Calderon Gargate, her elderly father, and
Julian's three children living in a Lima shantytown. She was arrested
under the trumped up charge that she was renting a room to a
"suspected terrorist."  She spent over six months in prison. Senator
Christopher Dodd of Connecticut wrote a letter to the U.S. Embassy
requesting a forthwith factual report on the case, and whether the
Peruvian regime had any conclusive evidence to substantiate the
charges against Julian and his wife. There was none.

The authorities who initially resisted releasing her, rapidly freed
her after they were paid $3,000 by Julian's relatives living in the
United States. She immediately fled to the Danish Embassy and left the
country to seek political asylum abroad, leaving behind their three
young children, who are now in hiding fearing for their lives as well.
That's the truth and that's what the press in the U.S. fails to
report. Instead, they repeat a myriad of unsupported allegations
leaked by the Peruvian government to the international press in order
to bolster the regime's counter-subversive propaganda. Amnesty
International has reported that Fujimori jails and murders innocent
people to show the world his "victory over terrorism" (e.g., La
Cantuta case.)

There is no due process for this law abiding poor man who was
illegally arrested in the United States and is being kept in isolation
at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in NYC under the inmate
number 43027-054.  The press does not report that Julian was legally
working in this country, meeting his legal obligations and paying
taxes like any working class person. That he is well liked by friends
and neighbors in his new home in the Village of Wilton, Connecticut,
who are gathering 5,000 signatures asking the U.S. Government to
release Julian now. The press falsely states that Julian was arrested
while trying to "submit his application for political asylum," but the
reality is that such application was being processed by the USINS
since 1994, and he personally attended previous hearings.

Considering the background of this case, and based on the
preponderance of the evidence, Julian should have been granted
political asylum in this country. However, the Clinton Administration,
the United States of America, the chosen home of victims of Hitler's
holocaust, apartheid, ethnic cleansing, and other vicious crimes in
the world similar to those of Peru's Fujimori, would deliver the soft
spoken and poor peasant Julian Calero Salazar, to a certain death in
the torture chambers of Peru. Joseph Doherty, a known member of the
Irish Republican Army (IRA) extradited by England, was rightfully
allowed more than 6 years to present his case prior to his
deportation. But, in the case of this Peruvian citizen the U.S.
Government plans to deport him in less than two months!  We demand
that Julian Calero receive equally ample time to present his case;
that extradition to a country known for gross violations of the most
basic rights, including the right to due process, should never be
allowed. The only just course of action is to grant Calero's Asylum!

1) Join us in a protest rally on June 28, 4-7 PM, at the Federal MCC,
150 Park Row St. (Take train No. 4, 5, or 6 to Brooklyn Bridge or City
Hall, New York City.)

2) Call or write Sen. Christopher Dodd, 800-334-5341 -Voice
860-258-6958 -Fax,  Attn: Ms. Barbara Tenor
100 Great Meadow Road
Weathersfield, CT 06109

Sen. Joseph Lieberman
202-224-4041 -Voice
202-224-9150 -Fax

1 State St.
Hartford, CT 06103

Friends of Julian Calero Salazar.

Justice for Julian

8 Huntington St.
Suite 139
Huntington, CT 06484

June 18, 1996.


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