- Title: PERU: PRESIDENT FUJIMORI DISTRIBUTES ARMS TO PEASANTS IN FIGHT AGAINST GUERRILLAS
- Date: 25th June 1991
- Summary: CACHI COCHA, HUANCAYO PROVINCE, PERU (JUNE 23, 1991) 1. GV/PAN/SVS PRESIDENT FUJIMORI ARRIVING IN ARMY JEEP, CROWDS LOOKING AS VILLAGE MILITIAMEN STAND AT ATTENTION (3 SHOTS) 0.09 2. GV/SV PRIEST BLESSING WEAPONS BEFORE DISTRIBUTION TO VILLAGERS (2 SHOTS) 0.15 3. GVS/CU FUJIMORI AND GENERAL DOCUMET HANDING OUT WEAPONS (3 SHOTS) 0.29 4. GV SOLDIERS HANDING OUT WEAPONS TO PEASANTS 0.31 5. GVS FUJIMORI PRESIDING OVER PEASANT MILITIA PARADE, CHILD WITH REPLICA RIFLE IN PARADE, WOMEN IN PARADE (4 SHOTS) 0.46 6. SV FUJIMORI ADDRESSING PEASANT (SPANISH) ABOUT SELF-DEFENCE 1.00 7. SV FUJIMORI HUGGING PEASANT WOMAN 1.04 8. SV DOCUMET SHOWING FUJIMORI WEAPONS CONFISCATED FROM GUERRILLAS 1.07 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: CACHI COCHA, HUANCAYO PROVINCE, PERU
- Country: Peru
- Duration: 00:01:07
- Topics: General
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- Story Text: CACHI COCHA, HUANCAYO PROVINCE, PERU
Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori and senior army officers distributed rifles and ammunition to peasants in the provincial town of Cachi Cocha on Sunday (June 23) after soldiers recaptured it from leftist guerrillas.
Most of the villagers, including women and children, are armed to defend themselves against left-wing Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) militants. Huancayo district, some 400 kilometres (250 miles) east of Lima, has been under a state of emergency for two years. The region is governed by a joint military-political command structure, headed by Army General Luis Perez Documet, who also attended Sunday's (June 23) ceremony in Cachi Cocha.
Fujimori told the villagers that they "have established a system of self-defence which the government has not created". He added that the peasants "contribute to an effective anti-terrorist fight".
The residents of Huancayo Province have been subjected to frequent attacks by Senedero units, who have killed an estimated 22,000 people during the country's 11-year civil war.
<strong>Source: REUTERS - CARLOS VALDEZ</strong>
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