The populist regime led by Ollanta Humala in Peru—that some opportunists used to consider as “progressive”—once again demonstrated its fascist nature on April 10 by arresting 28 people associated with the Movement for Amnesty and Fundamental Rights (Movadef), a political organization set up in 2009 by former supporters of the Communist Party of Peru (PCP).
Among the arrested are the two main leaders of Movadef, lawyers Manuel Fajardo and Alfredo Crespo. At one time or another in their career, both did legal representation for the historical leader of the PCP, Abimael Guzmán, who was captured and sentenced to life in 1992. Dr. Crespo had himself been arrested in 1992, shortly after he acted as legal counsel in Guzmán’s mock trial. The lawyer was charged and convicted for having “glorifying terrorism”—a pure crime of opinion for which he served no less than 13 years before finally being released in 2005.
The main demand of Movadef is the amnesty of all persons (military or revolutionary) who have been arrested in relation with the civil war that Peru experienced from 1980. Inspired by the Right Opportunist Line within the PCP, Movadef argues that the conditions have fundamentally changed in Peru and the people’s war is no longer relevant. Now favoring the ballot, the group unsuccessfully tried to be recognized by the National Jury of Elections, which refused them registration notwithstanding the filing of more than 370,000 signatures.
That being said, Movadef never went so far as to condemn the people’s war launched by the PCP in 1980. In its various publications, it still claims to support Maoism and “Gonzalo Thought,” and its many supporters do not hesitate to carry the red flag in street demonstrations. This was likely enough for the fascist regime to justify its recent coup.
Our fundamental disagreements with the former PCP comrades who are now part of Movadef should not prevent us from boldly denouncing the undemocratic raid and demanding the immediate release of the 24 activists who have been arrested.
And let no one say that Peru is now a “democratic state.”