[Marxism] So Sorry
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Mon Nov 24 08:05:19 MST 2003
A heartfelt apology and a promise to never do it again from Holy Toledo.....
Peru's President Apologizes for Deaths
Nov 22 By DREW BENSON, AP
LIMA, Peru - Peru's president apologized for the 70,000 deaths from the
country's 20-year battle with the Shining Path insurgency, and promised to
punish officers that a scathing report blamed for many of the worst abuses.
Alejandro Toledo announced the government would spend $800 million in
the next 2 1/2 years on public works in the areas hurt most by the fighting,
from 1980-2000. But he didn't offer individual reparations that victims and
human rights groups had sought.
The apology the government's first about the insurgency came three
months after the government-appointed Truth and Reconciliation Commission
issued a nine-volume report that said 70,000 people had died, and that
military officers responsible for many of those deaths committed massive
human rights abuses. "In the name of the state, I apologize to all who
suffered from the deaths, the disappearances ... to all the victims of
violence and terror," Toledo said in a prerecorded national address
broadcast late Friday night.
Toledo promised to incorporate the commission's key findings into school
textbooks and declared Dec. 10 "National Reconciliation Day." He also
said that the attorney general's office and the judiciary will bring to
justice those members of the security forces who committed "painful
excesses" while cracking down on the Shining Path. The Truth and
Reconciliation Commission's report said the conflict was exacerbated by deep
racism and a misunderstanding of the highland Indians who comprised most of
the victims. The army was unfamiliar with the Shining Path's strategy and
suspicious that many highland villages where Spanish was a second language
supported the guerrillas. Both sides attacked villages, killing unarmed
men, women and children.
Commission members hope the report will force Peruvians to deal with a dark
chapter in their history that many have tried to ignore. Conservative
politicians and several retired army generals have criticized the commission
for digging up the past. The commission had called for reparations to
individuals and communities affected by the violence. Toledo said the
"Peace and Development Plan" would provide improved health and education
programs, and expanded electricity and telecommunications services.
The Shining Path launched a violent campaign of car bombings, political
assassinations and massacres in 1980. The group's activity fell off sharply
with the 1992 capture of its founder, Abimael Guzman.
The remaining rebels now provide protection for drug traffickers in jungle
regions where coca the main ingredient in cocaine is grown
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