Group fights deportation of Peruvian (fwd)

Luis Quispe lquispe at
Sat Jun 29 21:34:59 MDT 1996

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> Via Workers World News Service
> Reprinted from the July 4, 1996
> issue of Workers World newspaper
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> By Greg Butterfield
> New York
> FBI agents seized Julian Salazar-Calero during a routine
> political asylum hearing May 30. Calero, a citizen of Peru
> working legally in the United States, faces execution or
> life imprisonment if deported to his homeland.
> Calero's detention is a new escalation in the government's
> war against immigrants. In particular, it targets those who
> are political opponents of U.S.-sponsored regimes.
> Calero's arrest ratchets up the pressure put on immigrant
> activists by the Omnibus Anti-Terrorism Act, recently signed
> into law by President Clinton.
> Imprisoned without bail, Calero has just 60 days to mount
> a defense before the deportation can be legally carried out.
> Calero is being kept in isolation, denied visitors and food,
> according to his family.
> During his May visit to the United States, Peru's
> President Alberto Fujimori asked the Clinton administration
> to deport Calero.
> After a 1992 military coup consolidated his power,
> Fujimori--with U.S. backing--unleashed death-squad terror
> against those suspected of sympathizing with the Communist
> Party of Peru.
> At least 7,500 political prisoners are held in Peruvian
> jails. Most were tried by so-called "faceless judges,"
> military officials wearing hoods to conceal their
> identities. Among them is Communist Party leader Abimael
> Guzman, held now for almost four years.
> Earlier this year a North American activist, Lori
> Berenson, was sentenced to life in prison by the military
> courts.
> Julian Calero says he fled Peru in 1989 after death
> threats from corrupt police in his home village, Curi. In
> 1991 Peruvian officials charged that Calero had led a
> guerrilla ambush against government military forces.
> "Although he was no longer in Peru, he was falsely accused
> by the military of participating in this incident," says a
> statement from Justice for Julian, a defense committee of
> family members and supporters. "His family went into hiding.
> In September 1993, Julian's 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 spent over six
> months in prison." Calderon fled to Europe upon her release.
> "We demand that Julian Calero receive ample time to
> present his case," says the defense committee's statement.
> "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!"
> Justice for Julian plans a demonstration to demand freedom
> for Julian Calero. The protest will be held June 28 from 4
> to 7 p.m. outside the Metropolitan Correctional Center at
> 150 Park Row in lower Manhattan.
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