Terrorist massacre breaks into the polarized Peruvian electoral campaign

A brutal terrorist massacre, apparently caused by the remnants of Shining Path in a remote and jungle region from Peru, ibroke in all starkness into the polarized election campaign of the Andean country and brought to mind the episodes of the stark political violence decades past.

Sources of Joint command of the Armed forces confirmed the murder from 14 persons – others raised the victims a 18– among them two minors old whose bodies had been calcined, in a remote town in the jungle Valle of the Apurimac rivers, One Y Mantaro (VRAEM).

That zone is the epicenter of culture and the production from cocaine of the country, a region where the presence of the State is very weak.

The slaughter, who left a raw images that have ran as the gunpowder in the social media, It took place in a makeshift premises used as a bar and brothel by the local population, mostly dedicated to the cultivation of coca.

In that sense, the attack was identified by the Armed Forces as an action that the terrorists call “social cleansing,” as a pamphlet supposedly left by the murderers at the place where they claimed the need to clean Peru seems to confirm ” brothels, idols, degenerate homosexuals and lesbians, drug addicts, undisciplined individuals … “.

In that document, disseminated on social networks by the responsible from Interior from Bell of the presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori, Fernando Rospigliosi, the terrorists ask Peruvians not to vote in the elections on June 6.

It also qualifies those who vote for the right-wing candidate as “traitors.”

Apparently, the remnants of the Shining Path, who persist in the area as bodyguards and drug trafficking partners, had warned the owners of the premises to leave the place and the attack was caused by disobedience to their orders.

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POLARIZED CAMPAIGN

The murders committed by Shining Path They’re a practice very common in electoral periods Peruvians.

However, on this occasion, with the presidency in dispute between Pedro Castillo (left) and Keiko Fujimori (right) in the framework of a highly polarized campaign, they take on special relevance.

During all the Bell from the side of the political heir of the former president Alberto Fujimori (1990-2000) and various related media were try to link to Castillo and his party, Peru Libre, with the terrorist group.

Several deputies elected by the extreme left organization have complaints for their alleged links with that group and in fact one of them, Guillermo Bermejo, is about to be tried for that reason.

Castillo has not given up on underline not just his rejection al terrorism, but also the done that him belonged at peasant rounds, the rural militia that successfully fought the terrorist group during the toughest years of the Peruvian internal conflict (1980-2000) that left more than 69,000 dead, according to the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (CVR).

The candidate was precisely one of the first to reject the attack vehemently as soon as he learned the news and asked for their respect for the victims and for the action of Justice to fall with all its weight on those responsible.

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OPEN DISCUSSION

The controversy about this attempt and about to who benefits politically is open, particularly on social media, which they exploded on critics and speculation about the attack.

A large majority of people asked to treat the matter calmly, respect the victims and not use the attack for political electoral purposes.

This is what the former Interior Minister Rubén Vargas said in statements to the RPP station, who recalled that the ultimate objective of terrorism is “to generate the greatest possible impact on the media to cause fear and anxiety.”

“We cannot fall into the logic of fear and the ‘red ghost’ and even less of the electoral use of this tragedy,” said the politician.

However, already there was who use is tragedy throughto attack O defender to their candidates.

Thus, among the first to publish the crude images and pamphlets supposedly collected in the area were people linked to the Fujimori campaign, even before the armed forces or the police confirmed the attack.

Pedro Cateriano, former prime minister of Ollanta Humala, openly opposed to Castillo, published a tweet with images of the dead and an open question to the candidate doubting his ability to fight terrorism.

On the opposite side, messages are circulating that point to the implicit collusion between the Fujimori right wing and Senderista terrorism, which only acts in electoral periods when it can benefit the candidate, who claims a strong hand and the fight against terrorism as one of its signs of identity. EFE

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