Rebels Disciplined, Freed Hostages Say

Arm The Spirit (ats@locust.cic.net)
Sat, 21 Dec 1996 18:54:56 -0500 (EST)


Rebels Disciplined, Freed Hostages Say

The guerrillas of the leftist Tupac Amaru Revolutionary
Movement holding more than 300 hostages in the official
residence of the Japanese ambassador appear well
disciplined and show no sign of fatigue, two released
hostages said Friday.

In an interview at his home with The Yomiuri Shimbun,
Seitoku Sueyoshi, 79, said the hostage-takers appeared to
have received military training, adding that they did not
appear to be tired by the prolonged confrontation.

The guerrillas set up barricades of furniture at the front
entrance of the residence and by the windows of each room,
according to Sueyoshi, who is an adviser to the
Japanese-Peruvian Association. The hostages were
prepared for a long captivity, he said.

Sueyoshi, Juan Shimabukuro, 78, Fidel Seizo Arai, 69, and
Carlos Chiappori, 72, were freed Thursday.
Sueyoshi said he was among 42 people confined in the
seven-meter-square guest dining room on the ground floor.
By his estimation there were 14 or 15 male and three female
terrorists, all of whom were armed with rifles and handguns.
They wore military insignia on their shoulders and black head
scarves. Some covered their noses and mouths with
bandannas.

(Source: The Yomiuri Shimbun, http://www.yomiuri.co.jp)

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Dear friends and comrades,

In order to provide updated news on the standoff in Peru, as well as
accurate information about the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement
(MRTA), we have set up a web page about the crisis. Visit it at:

http://burn.ucsd.edu/~ats/mrta.htm

The page includes a link to a Spanish-language MRTA page in Europe, a
recent interview with the MRTA given after the standoff began,
background articles on the MRTA, as well as mainstream news on the
standoff.

Freedom For All Political Prisoners!

Arm The Spirit - December 19, 1996

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