Im am Peruvian, Ive lived in lima for the past 3 years.
Martinal Law in 2003? when??? Ive lived here that year and i dont remeber of any law sorry! You must have been missinformed... as off 2003 they *lifted* all martial lawas as some states still remaied in such law.
I wanted to adress the issue of Toledo, or as we call him 'Choledo'. First of all he was poor and of very humble origin a shoe shiner from 'Ancash' and as i recall he got funded by members of a 'peace corp' who he considerds to be his second parents to study in Standford, with post studying in Harvard. If i recall correctly one of these he got some sort of scholarhip by playing soccer.
As for the figures you have stated above, Indeed the government especially the left coalition formed what they called "la comision de la verdad" which was encharged with producing the approriate files and facts of the peruvian dirty war.
Although the bastard that actually created Sendero is in jail (Dr Gonzalez) there are a few loons still out there.
Im sorry but Im really disapoitned with the use of the word bastard, and loon. People like Abismael they are not freaks of nature, they are propriate creations of the state. Let me tell you something about a word that was very trendy in peru called 'gamanolismo'(sp) which was tendency that meant that all indegenous people were 'lesser people', inferior to the white race.
Let me tell you more about Peru, the centralisation of the government in the last 20 years is amazinlgy great! Peru is Lima.... ther government never caared in looking for all the other big cities. So what happened then?
The clasjh bewteen country and city increased, thus everyone moved into the city hence almost half of peru's population is in lima. The formation of Pueblos Jovenes (shantty towns) increased the misery throughout. This made it for people like Guzman, members of the radical inteligentisia middle class people who saw so much crap around them that they decided to change things! Im NOT TALKING asbout the aftermath, for that reason yes guzman is a bastard, but the start of his movemenet gained a lot of support , some international support even. Of course when he mixed violence with politics everything went down the drain. Very maoisit in complete tradition he thought to be the 4 foundation of communism.
With regards to the Sendero, it basically broke down with Guzman's capture in sept 92. I suggest anyone to watch The Dancer Upstairs directed by John malkovich which re-tells the story quite nicely. Then he gave his famous speach in the cage were he said one the lines which i most remember him for. It went something along these lines: "You can take everything from a man, you can take his possesions, you can take his life, but this [pointing to his brain] this stays with the rest"
Revolutions arnt born over night, its not some crazed maniac who got up and said "shit im bored lets me a revolution". They are results of something and if you lived in Peru during those times ( i personally havent, but have talked to my uncles grandfather etc etc) it might be understandle why the Sendero Arose, even more understanble why it fell down. and Gonzalez is just a Dr from 1 year ago when he presented his PHD from Jail , something on "Kantian theory of Space"
TV is crap, especially Peruvian TV
I think Peruvian Media is very good actually, magazines like Caretas and the old TV Show Panorama were extrremly in formative. They give clear consice ideas not taking sides with the goverment. And they were a bastion to unite the people. You see the people finaly said STOP to sendero luminoso when they bombed a neigjherbhood called Miraflores at a place called 'La Tarata.' it was the first major attack agaisnt the big bourgeiosie rich upper classes, this caused a merger bewteen the Rich Niegbourhoods and the poorer ones such as Villa el Salvador....much of which was due to the MEDIA.
Fujimori was a real bastard
yes and im sure you would rather a terrorist group than el chino? Fuji did so much for the country, CORRUPT or not. Look at Operation Chavin De Huantar (Japanese Embassy) nobody else could have pulled it like FUJI.
He had the balls to call of congress in order to get things done in the country. You see unlike other democratic countires Peruvian Power Polticis are based on verbally beating the crap out of your adversary. Never improve because the president behind you was a shit munkey, start afresh is the dictum of most political parties!