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Date: Sat, 5 Jul 1997 08:12:30 -0400
Subject: M-G: El Diario Internacional 39 - Slippery Tupamaros

Slippery Tupamaros 

The Executive Committee of the Uruguay MLN (Tupamaros)
has published a communique whose contents synthesize 
the sharp turn this group has taken towards the worst 
positions of opportunism in Latin America. 

This pronouncement of the Tupamaros comes signed by 
three of their "historical leaders" and deals with 
the MRTA and the death of the commando squad that 
seized the Japanese embassy in Lima. 

The most evident thing in the melodramatic text 
of the MLN is their enthusiasm in proclaiming the 
inane idea that in Peru peace may be achieved by 
means of negotiating away the armed struggle 
and their hammering at the concept that "pacification" 
is a boon for the "suffering people". 

This is what these slippery Tupamaros say: 
"Both the Government of Peru as well as the rest of 
governments in the Americas, prominent among these 
our own (Uruguay), have wasted the opportunity of 
finding a way out, not only to the question of the 
hostages and the prisoners, but in relation to a 
definitive pacification of that important country 
in South America (Peru), a boon for its suffering 
people, such as it has been the case with a number 
of countries that just yesterday were also shaken 
by equally or more regrettable wars". 

Hum! For these gentlemen "peace" in Peru was therefore 
a question for the MRTA and Fujimori to grant?. 
What nous and sense of humour these comrades show!.  
This reflection - maybe genuflection is a better 
word - on the part of the Tupamaros is really 
beyond belief. 

Fujimori did not accept the peace proposal from 
the MRTA and decided that it was best to murder 
the squad led by Cerpa Cartolini for the simple 
reason that the MRTA, as an armed group, did not 
pose any danger to the stability of the Peruvian 

The seizure of the embassy by the MRTA squad in 
their endeavour to seek a "peace agreement" with 
the criminal regime of Peru, precisely demonstrates 
that the MRTA has nothing of its own to place upon 
any negotiating table. That is why it had to seize 
hostages in order to use them as bargaining chips. 

On the other hand, it is something rather silly 
- if not something worse - to think that a 
"peace agreement" between the government and the 
MRTA could have led to pacification of Peruvian 

What sort of pacification are these broken down 
lefties taking about?. Pacification with Fujimori 
in the driving seat?. Pacification with over 15 
million Peruvians dying of starvation?. 

Pacification under a brutal and bloodthirsty 
dictatorship?. Pacification in Peru - in the wide 
and real meaning of the word - will only arrive 
when the revolution achieves its strategic objective 
of the conquest of power.  In Peru, Uruguay, or in 
any other part of the world, there can be no peace 
while the system of exploitation and oppression 
remains in place. 

But the Tupamaros of Uruguay go even further in 
their apology of peace with the executioners and 
assert that "pacification" has become a boon for 
"countries that just yesterday were shaken by 
equally or more regrettable wars". 

What countries are they talking about? Are they 
talking of countries in another planet or galaxy?.  
If they are talking about El Salvador, Guatemala 
or Nicaragua, we recommend them to take a direct 
look at those countries and then surely they would 
notice that the  famous "pacification" implemented 
by imperialism, charlatans and traitors, can only 
serve  to better repress and kill the oppressed 
in slow motion. 

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