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Peru: pro-Shining Path political group looks for international support

By Manuel Vigo

Movadef (the Movement for Amnesty and Fundamental Rights) – a political organization with ties to the Shining Path terrorist group – has started to expand abroad, according to local media.

Peru: pro-Shining Path political group looks for international support

Movadef supporters in Mexico (Photo: movamnsitiayderfundamentales.blogspot.com )

Movadef (the Movement for Amnesty and Fundamental Rights) – a political organization with ties to the Shining Path terrorist group – has started to expand abroad.


Last September Shining Path sympathizers in Mexico protested outside the Peruvian embassy, carrying banners asking for amnesty for Abimael Guzman, the terrorist group’s leader.


"20 years of being political prisoners. A revolution is not a crime. General Amnesty," read one of the banners, according to El Comercio.


The daily said 3,591 supporters had reportedly signed a petition, asking President Ollanta Humala to grant Guzman amnesty.


Last month, Movadef supporters participated in an international conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where they met with Nobel Peace Prize winner Adolfo Perez Esquivel.


On Thursday, November 1, the Peruvian government condemned Movadef’s activities in Argentina.


Minister of Foreign Affairs Rafael Roncagliolo said the Peruvian embassy in Argentina had been in communication with the Argentine government, in order to inform them of Movadef’s political background, El Comercio reported.