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November 7, 2000 | JUANITA DARLING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After a decade of working for the U.N. refugee agency, Jorge Santistevan came home in 1991 with a simple goal. "I had put a semicolon in the history of Central American peace," he said, paraphrasing novelist Henry Miller to describe what he considered a minor role. "I hoped to put a line in the history of my own country, Peru."
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November 7, 2000 | JUANITA DARLING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After a decade of working for the U.N. refugee agency, Jorge Santistevan came home in 1991 with a simple goal. "I had put a semicolon in the history of Central American peace," he said, paraphrasing novelist Henry Miller to describe what he considered a minor role. "I hoped to put a line in the history of my own country, Peru."
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November 29, 1997 | From Reuters
The government, under increasing international pressure to clear its prisons of innocent people, on Friday freed 83 inmates jailed unjustly for terrorism during the state's war on leftist guerrillas. The releases, authorized in a decree published in the official daily El Peruano, brought to more than 311 the number of falsely convicted prisoners who have been freed by President Alberto Fujimori's government since 1996.
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April 5, 1986 | JIM SCHACHTER, Times Staff Writer
On the face of it, the call that attorney Jorge Santistevan took Friday morning did not require any special legal expertise. The caller simply needed to know how to serve papers on a defendant in a civil lawsuit--a procedure undertaken by San Diego lawyers on innumerable occasions every day. But the twist that made the inquiry unusual was that the caller represented a San Diego company and the defendant was in Guadalajara, Mexico.
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April 25, 1997 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When soldiers die in defense of their nation, heroes are born. Lt. Col. Juan Valer Sandoval, who was buried with military honors Thursday, had a premonition of his imminent death. As the commander of a team of Peruvian army commandos awaited the order to attack the barricaded mansion where leftist rebels held 72 hostages, he wrote a farewell letter to his men.
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April 14, 2000 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the morning after protesters took to the streets in an impressive defense of democracy, Peruvians prepared Thursday for the biggest showdown of President Alberto Fujimori's 10 years in power: a runoff election pitting him against challenger Alejandro Toledo. Peru awoke to a new reality, a sense of history in the making.
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November 25, 1990 | CANDICE HUGHES, ASSOCIATED PRESS
From their shabby camp on this arid hillside, Guatemalan refugees can see the green hills of their homeland. For eight years their dream of returning has been nurtured like an ember. The dream has helped them survive the precarious life of the camps and memories of the terror that drove them here. But year after year, the political violence of their homeland has eroded the dream. They have been here so long that the Mexican government has offered them permanent settlements.
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October 20, 1996 | LYNN F. MONAHAN, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Peru's mysterious, hooded anti-terrorism judges have put thousands of people behind bars, some of them innocent. Finally, after years of complaints, the government is taking an interest in freeing those who committed no wrong. But the way it's being done--by pardoning their "crimes"--has added to the bitterness. For many, the pardons are a way of correcting a lingering legacy of Peru's 16 years of political violence in which more than 30,000 people have been killed.
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October 24, 2000 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA and NATALIA TARNAWIECKI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Former spy chief Vladimiro Montesinos returned unexpectedly to Peru on Monday from exile in Panama, in a move that caused the resignation of the vice president and worsened fears that the military wants to abort democratic reforms. The latest political turmoil intensified demands that an increasingly beleaguered President Alberto Fujimori resign. It flared up as the result of a typically secretive, late-night gambit by Montesinos, who fled to Panama on Sept.
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September 18, 2000 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA and NATALIA TARNAWIECKI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In the wake of President Alberto Fujimori's momentous decision to hold new elections in which he will not run, Peruvians grappled Sunday with two questions: What really happened? And what happens next? The citizens of this nation are accustomed to dramatic and mysterious political events after 10 years under a leader with a penchant for audacity and secrecy. But Fujimori topped himself Saturday night, delivering the ultimate bombshell.
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July 29, 2000 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA and NATALIA TARNAWIECKI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
With a pall of smoke and tear gas hanging over Lima's colonial downtown and a cloud of uncertainty hanging over Peru's democracy, President Alberto Fujimori took the oath of office for an unprecedented third term Friday as protesters clashed with a cordon of riot police. Outdoor ceremonies preceding the inauguration in the capital were marred by nearby fighting between demonstrators and about 40,000 riot police.
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