Wednesday, 23 April 2008

Peru: 11 Years Since Embassy Hostages Rescued

Peru commemorated the eleventh anniversary of the end of the siege of the Japanese embassy yesterday. The Defense Minister expressed pride in the armed forces, as reported by El Comercio, in their article, 'Conmemoran el XI aniversario de la operación "Chavín de Huántar"', although the military operation is hardly uncontroversial. The resolution of the hostage crisis was generally regarded as a success, since all the hostages were brought to safely except for one, who sadly had a heart attack and died at the scene; however, all the hostages were killed and there are strong suggestions that they were summarily executed rather than being captured and tried. This is one of the aspects of his rule that Fujimori is now facing trial for.

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