Gangsters in Peru have stooped to a new all time low, harvesting human fat from Peruvian peasants who have been killed for that purpose. The U.K. Guardian reports as follows on the grisly case.
"Peru reacted with revulsion and horror to reports that scores of peasants may have been butchered by the gang, which was said to have operated in Huánuco, a rural province dotted with Inca temples between the jungle and Andean peaks.
Colonel Jorge Mejia, chief of Peru's anti-kidnapping police, said Cudeña and three other suspects were in custody and that another seven gang members were being hunted.
The jailed men have confessed to killing five people, but police suspect the number of victims is far higher, with 60 people reported missing in Huánuco this year alone. Two of the suspects were arrested at a bus station in the capital, Lima, carrying bottles of liquid fat which they claimed were worth up to £36,000 a gallon.
At a news conference police displayed two bottles of fat, which laboratory tests confirmed were human. "The fat was extracted from the thorax and thighs," said Eusebio Felix Murga, chief of police of Dirincri district. Police also showed a photo of the rotting head of a 27-year-old male victim discovered last month in a coca-growing valley."
The gang that has been implicated in the killings calls itself the Pishtacos, invoking memories of a Quechua legend of a gang that harvested fat from wayfarers as idolatrous offerings.
Selling drugs to support terrorism or just plain profit is an old story in Latin America and elsewhere, but the latest arrests in Peru add an edge of ghoulishness to the lawlessness that has so often plagued Peru. In an added touch of bitter irony, the victims were Indian peasants, whose oppression is often invoked by leftists as poster children for their Marxist ideology. In most South American countries, those who are visibly or completely of Indian ancestry suffer heavy social discrimination. The "fat killings" have allegedly gone on for thirty years before the recent arrests, which included two men who were apprehended with bottles of human fat that they said were worth $72,000 a gallon. Most western medical authorities question the effectiveness of human fat treatments, noting that liposuction clinics in industrialised nations provide more that enough fat for medical and cosmetic needs.
It is fortunate that this menace to Peruvian peasants is being tracked down and liquidated. In Peru as in the rest of the world, it is most often the poor who are first hit by crime and last to be assisted by law enforcement.
Peru seems to have a way of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Back in the 1970's and 80's, Sendero Luminoso, the Shining Path guerilla movement killed about 70,000 people before its leader, Abimael Guzman was captured and sentenced to life in prison under the presidency of Alberto Fujimori, who is now in prison for corruption and excesses of the government that were committed during the bloody civil war. The Latin American Tribune reports as follows on the latest decision to come from Peru's Justice Minister Aurelio Pastor.
"LIMA – Peru’s justice minister said on Tuesday that the political wing of the Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) guerrilla group has the right to field candidates in next year’s municipal and regional elections.
“Personally, I believe that (Shining Path) should not participate in politics, but legally they can do it,” Aurelio Pastor told RPP radio.
He said that if the group presents candidates, authorities’ task will be to educate the public “so it is not forgotten what Sendero signified for the country in the number of deaths, in losses of time and money.”
The Latin American Herald Tribune, describes as follows some of Sendero Luminoso's activities under the leadership of Abimael Guzman, a college professor turned revolutionary.
"Guzman, an erstwhile philosophy professor, once predicted that 1 million Peruvians would probably have to die to create the new state envisioned by Shining Path.
The group became notorious for blowing apart with dynamite the bodies of community service workers its members killed, or hanging stray canines from lampposts as warnings to “capitalist dogs.”
You can pretty well rest assured that if Senderistas get on the ballot, there will be remote villages in which terror will be used force people to vote for Shining Path.
Don't you love these well fed revolutionaries who blandly talk about a million deaths for their "ideal society". If they are so blase about a million deaths, maybe they should show the masses how to die. Why is Abimael Guzman still alive? And why is Peru even thinking of allowing unrepentant "senderistas" to run for office?
The world was with Alberto Fujimori when he brought the Shining Path war to an end. It was a war that cost a nation of 20 million people 25 billion dollars and 70,000 lives. That would be like America losing a million lives in a guerilla war. Why is Fujimori in jail? It is people like him who really deserve a Nobel Peace Prize.
Keiko Fujimori, daughter of jailed former President Alberto Fujimori is planning to run for President in 2011. She has broadly hinted at her intention to free him from jail if she is elected. The Christian Science Monitor reports as follows on her campaign and agenda.
“I believe my father was innocent,” said the 34-year-old congresswoman and mother of two, exuding a calm confidence and quiet warmth. “The majority of Peruvians think my father was the best president.”
Then she reminded the group of editors that Peru’s president has the power to pardon anyone.
Although she dismissed any suggestion that her father would exert undue influence during a Keiko presidency – “I will run the country, not my father” – she made no effort to deviate from any of his policies.
Instead she doubled down on the Fujimori brand name, banking on the fact that her father’s conservative approach was – and still is – widely popular in the business community and among significant portions of Peru’s poorest people.
Bandying about the phrase “Fujimorismo,” which she defined as “free-market with a strong emphasis on social programs,” Keiko insisted that she understands the needs of poor people better than the rest of the crop of likely candidates, including the Hugo Chavez-linked populist Ollanta Humala.
Why is that?
“It’s because I travel a lot. I get to know people,” she said. “It’s because we solved their problems. They know we keep our promises.”
So, what do poor Peruvians want? Roads and schools, she said, adding that her father paved more than 5,000 km (3,000 miles) of road and built more than 3,000 schools."
I wish Keiko Fujimori success in her campaign for President. Her father brought peace and prosperity to Peru, and remains a hero to many. Keeping her father in jail and letting Senderistas run for office is a crime. People are getting killed for for their fat. They get away with it for 30 years. Then you have "revolutionaries" who glibly predict a million deaths as the cost of their revolution. Peru's peasants deserve a lot better. I hope that America backs the right side in Peru. but I am far from optimistic. I do not trust the current administration to view Peru and in a pragmatic and realistic way.
I hope America backs the right side in Peru's war against lawlessness in terror. Peru's peasants deserve a shot at a peaceful life. They deserve a government that will deal harshly with Shining Path, fat traffickers or drug cartels. I don't expect much help from the Obama administration. But I hope they at least stay out of the way. Sphere: Related Content