Ollanta Humala: The Fight Against Terrorism is Not Part of the Past
By Dialogo September 14, 2012
President Ollanta Humala said on September 12 that the problem of combating terrorism is not yet part of the past in Peru, 20 years after the arrest of Abimael Guzmán, leader of the Shining Path guerrillas.
“The fight against terrorism does not belong to the past yet … we cannot say that terrorism is over,” Humala said in a press conference with foreign media accredited in Lima, the first since he assumed office just over a year ago.
The president added that the Peruvian State “has been naive” by permitting many former members of the Shining Path guerrillas to have freedom of action today. “They leave prison without repentance and want to have a more elaborate and more structured second battle, by infiltrating unions and organizations,” he pointed out.
Humala also stated that today in Peru there are “organizations linked to terrorism like Movadef, which is considered the political arm of the Shining Path.”
Therefore, he indicated that his government is taking “concrete actions in areas where there are still terrorist groups remnants such as in the VRAEM (the Apurímac, Ene and Mantaro river valleys).
“We are leading infrastructure and social programs for youth in that region, and strengthening police facilities and counterterrorism bases,” he reported.
Abimael Guzmán, 77 years old, was captured by a police intelligence unit on September 12, 1992, in a house in Lima, and he is still imprisoned in a maximum security military prison.