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Thousands protest ex-president's release in Peru

A demonstrators throws a tear gas canister back towards the police during clashes against the pardon of former President Alberto Fujimori in Lima, Per...
A demonstrators shouts slogans against pardon of former President Alberto Fujimori with photographs of the nine university students who were kidnapped...
Demonstrators shouts slogans against pardon of former President Alberto Fujimori with photographs of people disappeared during his government, in Lima...
Demonstrators shout slogans against a medical pardon to former President Alberto Fujimori with photographs of people slain during his decade in power,...
Demonstrators protest against pardon of former President Alberto Fujimori in Lima, Peru, Monday, Dec. 25, 2017. Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski...

A demonstrators throws a tear gas canister back towards the police during clashes against the pardon of former President Alberto Fujimori in Lima, Per...

A demonstrators shouts slogans against pardon of former President Alberto Fujimori with photographs of the nine university students who were kidnapped...

Demonstrators shouts slogans against pardon of former President Alberto Fujimori with photographs of people disappeared during his government, in Lima...

Demonstrators shout slogans against a medical pardon to former President Alberto Fujimori with photographs of people slain during his decade in power,...

Demonstrators protest against pardon of former President Alberto Fujimori in Lima, Peru, Monday, Dec. 25, 2017. Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski...

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Thousands of Peruvians have taken to the streets to protest the pardon granted to former President Alberto Fujimori, with many calling it part of a backroom deal struck to protect the current president from impeachment on corruption charges.

The Sunday pardon came three days after abstentions by lawmakers from a party led by Fujimori's children caused the failure of a vote to impeach President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. Fujimori, 79, was serving a 25-year sentence for the killings of 25 people in a campaign against the leftist Shining Path terrorist group.

Roughly 5,000 people protested across the country on Monday carrying posters with elder Fujimori's face and the words "murderer" and "thief."

Kuczynski was accused of lying about his financial ties to the Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.


Updated : 2020-12-03 10:32 GMT+08:00