Controversy in Peru over the visit of the founder of the political arm of the Shining Path to the government palace

Hugo Tito Rojas, a founding member of the Movement for Amnesty and Fundamental Rights (MOVADEF), viewed by the Peruvian authorities as the political arm of the Shining Path, visited the government palace on Tuesday to investigate an alleged crime of embezzlement in the construction of a hospital.

As the Council of Ministers announced, Rojas has come as part of the delegation of the Unitary Union of Education Workers of Peru (SUTEP) to denounce an alleged crime of embezzlement in the construction of a hospital in the Puno region.

Controversy in Peru over the visit of the founder of the political arm of the Shining Path to the government palace
Controversy in Peru over the visit of the founder of the political arm of the Shining Path to the government palace

Rojas, according to the Council of Ministers, has never met with Prime Minister Guido Bellido, who has been heard by the opposition and the public prosecutor’s office about his alleged links to Shining Path since his appointment by President Pedro Castillo.

Bellido, the statement said, “had not met either with the above-mentioned delegation or with Mr Tito Rojas,” but held a meeting “all morning” with officials from the Ministry of Housing and the Lima Drinking Water and Sewage Service . (SEDAPAL) as well as with the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia, before participating in a commission together with the Minister for Women Anahí Durand.

This statement by the Peruvian government was answered shortly afterwards by SUTEP itself, which refused that Tito Rojas, whom it describes as a “fraudster” and “usurper”, is part of the trade union delegation in Puno. “Our general secretary in the highlands is Comrade Pedro Torres Sanca,” he clarified.

MOVADEF is a political organization founded in 2009 that calls for amnesty and the release of all actors in the internal conflict, which confronted the Peruvian authorities in particular with the Maoist-Marxist guerrilla Shining Path, which is a terrorist organization, between 1980 and 2000.

Demands include the release of the leader and founder of the Shining Path, Abimael Guzmán, who was arrested in 1992 and sentenced to life imprisonment.

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