(en) Germany Bans MRTA Spokesperson From Political Activity

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Mon, 13 Oct 1997 01:46:31 -0400 (EDT)

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Germany Bans MRTA Spokesperson From Political Activity

On September 12, 1997, the Hamburg state Interior Ministry ordered a "restriction on political activity" by Isaac Velazco, European spokesperson for the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (MRTA). Velazco, who resides in Hamburg, Germany, is said to have "damaged the foreign policy interests of the Federal Republic of Germany" in his media interviews. In newspaper and TV interviews during the occupation of the Japanese ambassador's residence in Lima, Peru, Velazco refused to distance himself from the action, and he stated that the MRTA had plans for further commando actions should the embassy be stormed by force. According to German authorities, Velazco "publicly supported and approved of the use of violent means to achieve political ends" by making such statements. The push to ban public statements on behalf of the MRTA by Isaac Velazco came at the request of German federal Interior Minister Manfred Kanther, who was acting on a "request" from Peru's civil dictator Alberto Fujimori. Velazco's lawyer, Harmut Jacobi, plans to appeal the ruling by the Hamburg authorities.

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