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Friday, August 29

More on the Truth Commission - Getting its message out

Peru's shame at rebel war that claimed 69,000 lives: "Far from closing the final chapter on a grisly past, however, the report threatens to reopen deep fissures in Peruvian society. In particular it confronts President Alejandro Toledo with a dilemma, at a moment when his popularity is at a low ebb and Peru's democracy, brought back after the downfall of President Fujimori three years ago, has rarely looked more fragile. On the one hand, Mr Toledo faces growing calls from the Peruvian left as well as international human rights groups to launch criminal prosecutions against those implicated in the report, some of them retired military figures and former politicians." Independent (UK)

Peru truth panel takes report to violence victims: "Several thousand people -- many dirt-poor peasants wearing typical braids, hats and wide skirts -- thronged the main square in Huamanga to hear commission President Salomon Lerner present the report and honor the victims. His speech was translated into Quechua, the mother-tongue of many present." Reuters

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