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Saturday, March 23

ABCNews / Reuters Peru Riot Police Mobilized for Bush Arrival: "The government was hailing Bush's visit as a triumph for Peru's new respectability after the repressive 10-year regime of President Alberto Fujimori collapsed in a mammoth corruption scandal in November 2000, but some Peruvians were planning demonstrations against a man they branded a 'devil.'" It's ironic that the most pro-American Peruvian president, Fernando Belaunde, never got a visit from a sitting U.S. president. I don't think that Fujimori really counts as pro-American, though he toed the line on the Drug War and other matters. He was purely an opportunist in that respect.



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