Re: Solidarity with Peruvian Guerrilla!

Matthew Lasar (
Fri, 20 Dec 1996 17:52:12 -0800 (PST)

I would like to know if the political prisoner Lori Berenson is among those
who the Tupas want the Peruvian government to release.


At 06:16 AM 12/20/96 -0800, Aaron wrote:
>** See list of useful Web sites at end of this post! **
>I am writing this while I am tired and should be asleep, since I think that
>this matter is too urgent to delay. I apologize for any careless
>By now, you all know that the Peruvian guerrilla group MRTA (Movimiento
>Revolucionario Tupac Amaru) has occupied the mansion of the Japanese
>ambassador in Lima and is holding several hundred prisoners. Unless you are
>in an unusual part of the world, you also have seen how the bourgeois media
>are discussing the matter as a problem of how to deal with 'terrorists.'
>For the working people and all the oppressed and exploited of the world,
>and for socialists, communists, and anarchists, the seizure of the
>ambassador's residence along with about 400 bourgeois dinner guests is a
>great accomplishment. It is a blow against the terrorism of the Peruvian
>state and its imperialist patrons! Those captured in the raid include many
>members of the Peruvian and international ruling elite, including the head
>of Peru's secret police! It will be politically very difficult for the
>Peruvian state to launch a military attack as a means of resolving the
>crisis, since that would create quite a few 'illustrious corpses' and lead
>to a falling out among bourgeois sectors.. (And it would be difficult to
>get the world's poor majority to join the bourgeoisie in mourning its
>dead!) It seems that there is already a falling out between Fujimori and
>the Japanese over Fujimori's refusal, so far, to negotiate.
>It is very important that the situation in Lima not be resolved in a way
>that can be seen as a victory for the bourgeoisie. It is our task to
>publicize who the real criminals are in Peru and to help wring concessions
>from the Peruvian dictatorship. In particular, we should demand the release
>of all political prisoners and prisoners of war from Peru's hideous
>torture-chamber prisons. In this context, let's not get involved in
>sectarian battles among the various factions of Peru's anti-government
>left. Whatever differences the groups have, and these are very serious, we
>must keep in mind that the Peruvian state and its imperialist backers (in
>Washington, Tokyo, London, Bonn, etc.) are the main enemy. All political
>prisoners must be released, whether of MRTA, the PCP (Shining Path) or
>Thanks to the widespread publicity given to the events in Lima, many more
>people will be interested in what we have to say about Peru than normally
>would. Let's organize demonstrations at Peruvian Embassies, Consulates,
>airline offices, etc. Let's raise our voices in whatever forum may be
>available to defend the heroic guerrillas and to denounce the real
>--In solidarity,
>--Aaron <>
>P.S. Plans are being made for a demonstration at the Peruvian Consulate in
>San Francisco, California -- probably on Monday, December 23. If you live
>in the area, please send me an e-mail message. Otherwise, do what you can
>in your area!
>Web site on the current crisis:
>What Are The Goals Of Your Embassy Occupation? -- Interview With Norma
>Velazco, Representative Of The Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (MRTA) In
>Partial list of hostages:
>MRTA's web site in Europe:
>Lima's best bourgeois newspaper (in Spanish):

Matthew Lasar
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San Francisco, CA 94110

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