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Thousands of Peruvians Protest the Fujimori Dictatorship

  • Peruvians carrying signs against the candidacy of Keiko Fujimori.

    Peruvians carrying signs against the candidacy of Keiko Fujimori. | Photo: trome.pe

Published 5 April 2016

The streets of Lima were lined today with protesters demonstrating against the reign of Alberto Fujimori and the candidacy of his daughter Keiko.

Protesters in Peru have gone out Tuesday on the anniversary of the Fujimori dictatorship to protest both the 10-year rule of Alberto Fujimori, who many consider a dictator, and the candidacy of his daughter Keiko.

teleSUR correspondent Rael Mora said that there were "certainly more than 10,000 people" protesting in the Peruvian capital of Lima.

The first Fujiomori took power in 1990, and was in office until 2000. He was accused of widespread human rights abuses against Maoist guerrilla fighters known as the Shining Path, and other left-wing activists not associated with the group.

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He is accused of forced sterilizations, extra-judicial killings and election tampering. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison for his role in kidnappings and murders carried out by the Grupo Colina death squad. He has since been convicted of embezzlement and bribery, but the maximum sentence under Peruvian law is 25 years.

Protesters demonstrated against his heavy-handed reign.

A protester wears a shirt describing her abuse under the Fujimori government.

The shirt reads: "I'm a victim of the dictatorship. They tortured me. They raped me. They made me disappear. Did you forget me?"

Now, Alberto's daughter Keiko is running for the presidency of Peru. The right-wing candidate is currently in first place, with roughly 40 percent support ahead of the vote on April 10. But if she does not win at least 50 percent there will be a run-off in June.

Some protesters accused the human rights abuser's daughter of paying for people to support her.

"No one paid me to march. I march for dignity."

Left-wing candidate Veronika Mendoza has been gaining steam. While still in third place, behind Fujimori and center-right former Prime Minister Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who was recently named in the Panama Papers, Mendoza will most likely qualify for the run-off election.

There was a clear desire for anyone but Keiko Fujimori today in Lima.

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