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Peru: Tear gas deployed amid protests against Fujimori's pardon02:20

Peru: Tear gas deployed amid protests against Fujimori's pardon

Peru, Lima
December 26, 2017 at 02:41 GMT -00:00 · Published

Police deployed tear gas as protests continued in Lima, Monday, after the decision to pardon former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori from corruption charges was announced on Christmas Eve.One of the protesters claimed the pardon was the "betrayal to our homeland," adding that "on different occasions he [sitting President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski] said that he would not pardon him, that this was not in his plans, but he did this exchange with Fujimori in order to not be ceased. And I find this unfair. And we are here today for all of the victims of Barrios Altos and Cantuta. We are here fighting for them and for the memory of all Peruvians so that this doesn't happen again."

Fujimori was pardoned by sitting President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski on December 25 after the ex-leader was admitted to hospital the previous day.The 79-years-old former President Fujimori is currently serving a 25-year sentence for crimes connected to corruption and human rights violation, and was taken to hospital on Saturday after a drop in his blood pressure.According to Kuczynski's statement, a medical board had evaluated Fujimori and determined that "he suffers from a progressive, degenerative and incurable disease and that prison conditions mean a serious risk to his life, health and well-being."

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Police deployed tear gas as protests continued in Lima, Monday, after the decision to pardon former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori from corruption charges was announced on Christmas Eve.One of the protesters claimed the pardon was the "betrayal to our homeland," adding that "on different occasions he [sitting President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski] said that he would not pardon him, that this was not in his plans, but he did this exchange with Fujimori in order to not be ceased. And I find this unfair. And we are here today for all of the victims of Barrios Altos and Cantuta. We are here fighting for them and for the memory of all Peruvians so that this doesn't happen again."

Fujimori was pardoned by sitting President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski on December 25 after the ex-leader was admitted to hospital the previous day.The 79-years-old former President Fujimori is currently serving a 25-year sentence for crimes connected to corruption and human rights violation, and was taken to hospital on Saturday after a drop in his blood pressure.According to Kuczynski's statement, a medical board had evaluated Fujimori and determined that "he suffers from a progressive, degenerative and incurable disease and that prison conditions mean a serious risk to his life, health and well-being."

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