“Spontaneous Upwelling of Support for Defiant Fujimori”

The Diario La Razón (Lima) on the start of the first of the former president’s trials: “Fujimori revives the energetic president who put the nation in order! Followers acclaim him and ratify Keiko as their leader!”

El ex presidente Alberto Fujimori, a contrapelo de sus enemigos políticos que esperaron verlo derrumbado o huérfano de apoyo o simplemente alicaído, exhibió el lunes, en el primer día del juicio oral abierto en su contra por la Sala Penal Especial de la Corte Suprema de Justicia, la misma energía que caracterizó su accionar político en sus 10 años de gobierno y rechazó las acusaciones de autor de presuntas violaciones de los derechos humanos.

Former president Fujimori, to the disappointment of his political enemies who expected to see him defeated, bereft of support, or simply crestfallen, exhibited on Monday, the first day of his trial in the Supreme Court, the same energy that characterized his political actions in his ten years of government, rejecting the accusations that he committed alleged human rights violations.

The rival La República, meanwhile, notes:

El despacho del comandante general del Ejército, general EP Edwin Donayre Gotzch, confirmó que el martes 11 de diciembre condecorará al director del diario “La Razón”, Uri Ben Schmuel, y al editor general del mismo, Plinio Esquinarila Bellido, por haber contribuido a que la institución castrense haya logrado el cumplimiento de sus objetivos.

The office of the commanding general of the Army, General Donayre Gotzch, confirmed that he will decorate the director of the daily La Razón, Uri Ben Schmuel, and its editor in chief, Plinio Esquinarila Bellido, for having contributed to the military’s success in meeting its objectives.

Si bien “La Razón” no será el único medio de comunicación que recibirá el reconocimiento del general Donayre, el periódico es precisamente el que mantuvo una sostenida campaña de desprestigio contra el ministro de Defensa, Allan Wagner Tizón, el viceministro y director de Política y Estrategia, Fabián Novak Talavera, y el secretario general del despacho, Renzo Chiri Márquez.

If La Razón is not the only news organization receiving this recognition from General Donaye, this was the newspaper which mounted a sustained campaign against Minister of Defense Allan Wagner Tizón, his vice-minister and director of policy and strategy, Fabián Novak Talavera, and his chief of staff, Renzo Chiri Marquéz.

At the start of the second Alan Garcia government.

Imagine the Pentagon giving Judy Miller a medal for helping Dick Cheney sell the Saddamist aluminum tubes fairy tale.

The paper was published by a man who confessed to — hell, he was seen on national television doing it — and went to jail for, taking a huge payoff from Vladimiro Montesinos to ratfink Fujimori’s political enemies using the power of the press.

See

More on that in a minute, but for an example of the art of the gabbling ratfink in general as practiced by the Peruvian press, see also

Back to La Razón today on the apotheosis of the defiant Fujimori:

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“‘I never committed human rights violations. And I promise I will not commit them again!’ Fujimori’s inconsistent statements have become a joke.”
El Comercio (Peru) today.

En los casi dos minutos que el tribunal le concedió para que responda si acepta o rechaza las acusaciones del fiscal, que solicitó una pena de 30 años de prisión, Fujimori encaró a sus acusadores y les recordó que recibió un país colapsado y con el 50% del territorio nacional controlado por el terrorismo.

In the nearly two minutes the court granted him to plead guilty or not guilty to the charges laid against him by prosecutor, who asked for a sentence of 30 years in prison, Fujimori faced his accusers and reminded them that he received a nation in collapse, with 50% of its territory controlled by terrorism.

Otro hecho destacable lo protagonizaron los activistas fujimoristas que ganaron las calles de Ate, donde se encuentra el cuartel de la Diroes-PNP, en cuyo interior funciona la Sala Penal Especial que lo juzga, y exteriorizó efusivos gritos de apoyo, como: “Chino, valiente, aquí está tu gente”, “Fujimori es inocente”, “Fujimori, libertad”, en medio de una selva de pancartas y banderas anaranjadas.

Another notable event featured pro-Fujimori activists who took to the streets of Ate, where the barracks of the Diroes-PNP, in which the trial is being held, are located, letting out effusive shouts of support, such, “Brave Chino, your people are here!” and “Fujimori is innocent!” and “Freedom for Fujimori,” amid a forest of picket signs and orange banners.

Una columna de afiliados de la CGTP que pretendió hacer una manifestación contraria a Fujimori fue puesta en fuga por los fujimoristas de los pueblos jóvenes que cubrieron todas las calles de entrada a la sede de la Diroes.

A column of CGTP members who intended to hold an anti-Fujimori demonstration was put to flight by the Fujimorist youth who covered all the streets leading to Diroes headquarters.

DIROES is the special operations directorate of the Peruvian National Police.

La lideresa del fujimorismo e hija del ex presidente, Keiko Fujimori, acompañada de su esposo Mark Vito Villanela, presidió una manifestación improvisada con los seguidores de su padre en la avenida Marco Puente Llanos, que conduce a la Diroes.

Leader of the Fujimori movement and daughter of the former president, Keiko Fujimori, accompanied by her husband Mark Vito Villanela, presided over a spontaneous rally of her father’s supporters on Marco Puente Llanos, which leads to DIROES.

Keiko los convocó a seguir manifestándose mientras dure el juicio. “Como ustedes habrán podido escuchar, al ‘Chino’ no lo calla nadie, él ha hablado con convicción y defendido su gestión de gobierno y ha rechazado todas las acusaciones”, resaltó.

Keiki invited them to continue demonstrating as long as the trial lasts. “As you have been able to head, no one silences El Chino, he spoke with conviction and defended his administration and rejected all the accusations,” she said.

I have reading about Keiko recently in a memoir by the U.S. Ambassador to Peru during the Montesinos crisis, John R. Hamilton.

It is a remarkably incoherent fable — if the ambassador had any knowledge at the time bearing on the possible validity of corruption and human rights charges against Fujimori, for example, he does not volunteer it — with a peculiarly simple-minded moral.

From the preface:

Drawing on the U.S. embassy’s own reporting, this article is a short history of the unraveling of the regime from the United States’ twin perspective as observer and advocate. It illustrates how a crisis can create opportunities for U.S. policy—in this case to break with Montesinos definitively. In giving our perspective that Fujimori’s struggle to fire Montesinos was genuine, it seeks to explain why—to the puzzlement of the democratic opposition — the United States “stuck so long with Fujimori.” The article also provides an example of how reforms are usually inadequate tools to contain a situation that has become radicalized.

In other words: When Washington’s man closes Congress and starts rolling out the death squads, maybe we should stop selling the guy guns instead of just given him PR advice on cosmetic firings.

Montesinos was the problem.

Without Montesinos, Fujimori would have gone down in history as a great statesmen. This seems to me a bit like saying that Stalin was a sound leader led astray by Lavrenti Beria.

More Keiko:

La primera fila de la sala reservada para los familiares y amigos del ex presidente Fujimori estuvo ocupada por sus hijos Keiko, Kenji y Sachi Marcela, así como por el ex congresista fujimorista Jorge Trelles Montero. En la segunda fila se observó a Luis Delgado Aparicio, Germán Kruger, Carmen Lozada y Mark Vito Villanela. En las filas subsiguientes estuvieron Martha Hildebrandt, Martha Moyano, Carlos Raffo, Rolando Sousa, entre otros.

The first row of the courtroom was reserved for family and friends of the ex-president.

A society-page paragraph follows.

El primer día del juicio oral estuvo dedicado íntegramente a las exposiciones de los representantes de la parte civil, en este caso los abogados Carlos Rivera y Gloria Cano, y del fiscal supremo José Antonio Peláez Bardales y a la presentación de pruebas de la parte civil como la del acusado.

Describes the first day without describing any of the evidence presented.

La siguiente sesión estará dedicada a la absolución de posiciones, es decir, al interrogatorio al ex presidente Fujimori, que practicarán el representante del Ministerio Público y los miembros del tribunal, que preside el vocal César San Martín. (Más información en las páginas 10 y 11).

What comes next.

So, how did La Razón allegedly ratfink Wagner and his aides?

El diario acusó reiteradas veces a Wagner, Novak y Chiri de sostener supuestas posiciones prochilenas en el debate sobre los límites marítimos.

It repeatedly accused them of holding pro-Chilean views in the debate over maritime boundaries.

Utilizando declaraciones de ex mandos de las fuerzas armadas, el diario que fundó Moisés Wolfenson Wolloch promovió acusaciones de “traición a la patria” contra el ministro y sus más cercanos colaboradores.

Based on statements by ex-military leaders, the newspaper founded by Moisés Wolfenson Wolloch promoted accusations of “treason against the fatherland” against the Minister and his closest aides.

Wolfenson is in prison.

Garcia is maneuvering to get him out, causing a great hue and cry.

Wagner ha expresado en varias ocasiones su queja por los ataques de “La Razón”, que cuestiona el proceso de reforma del Sector Defensa y atribuye al titular del despacho debilidad respecto al “expansionismo y militarismo de Chile”. El periódico se ha convertido en vocero de ex militares que ocuparon puestos relevantes en el gobierno de Fujimori. De allí el sistemático ataque contra las organizaciones no gubernamentales que promueven los derechos humanos.

Wagner had complained on several occasions of the attacks by La Raźon, which question the reform of the defense sector and say the minister is “soft on Chilean expansionism and militarism.” The newspaper has become a conduit for former militar men who occupied important posts in the Fujimori government. Thus the systematic attack on NGOs who promote human rights.

Por intermedio de “La Razón”, sectores duros de las Fuerzas Armadas cuestionan el Núcleo Básico Eficaz (NBE) diseñado por el Ministerio de Defensa para renovar y modernizar los equipos bélicos con presupuesto US$ 650 millones. Señalan que el monto es ridículo porque Chile gasta mucho más para invadir Perú, por lo que presionan al ministro Allan Wagner para que incremente el gasto militar.

Through La Razón, hardliners in the Armed Forces question the Ministry’s program for renovating and modernizing the nation’s military equipment, with a budget of US$650 million. They say the amount is ridiculous because Chile is spending much more to invade Peru, and are pressuring Wagner to increase military spending.

“Armada chilena se desplaza a la frontera”, tituló el 15 de agosto; el 20 del mismo mes: “¡Chile alista ofensiva contra Perú!”. Y el 5 de noviembre: “¡Chile: US$ 2,000 millones más para armas!”. La idea es demostrar la “debilidad” de Wagner frente a la cartera de Defensa.

“Chilean nay deploys on the border,” headline from August 15. On August 20: “Chile prepares offensive against Peru!” On November 5: “Chile: Another $2 billion for weapons.” The idea is to show that Wagner is too “soft” to lead Defense.

Is Chile really spending $2 billion on weapons?

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La República today: “He ordered assassinations.”

Generalissimos always tend to think a good patriotic war will mobilize the nation behind the patriotic forces of virtue and devotion. But there is a mantra they ought to chant to themselves at such moment, in order to meditate more calmly on the matter: Malvinas.

That’s Falklands to you and me.

Military procurement has produced some corruption accusations in the Congress against Garcia’s vice-president, a Navy admiral:

Peru’s Navy reportedly gets up to some really weird stuff besides just staring through binoculars at Chilean destroyers:


Seizing of the Nanking Palace.” See also “Spontaneous Joy as the Free Iraqi Forces Seize Firdaus Square” and “A grass-roots groundswell of podcasters rise up to bum rush Billboard Magazine!”

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