Thousands protest former president's pardon in Peru

Actors wearing masks depicting former president Alberto Fujimori and former spy-chief Vladimiro Montesinos, left, perform during protest against the m

Actors wearing masks depicting former president Alberto Fujimori and former spy-chief Vladimiro Montesinos, left, perform during protest against the m

Demonstrators representing female victims of forced sterilizations during former President Alberto Fujimori's government perform during protest agains

Demonstrators representing female victims of forced sterilizations during former President Alberto Fujimori's government perform during protest agains

A demonstrators shouts slogans as he holds a pamphlet that reads in Spanish "Out with the corrupt! No to the Pardon"  referring to the prison pardon g

A demonstrators shouts slogans as he holds a pamphlet that reads in Spanish "Out with the corrupt! No to the Pardon" referring to the prison pardon g

A demonstrator holds a photograph of a person disappeared during the government of former President Alberto Fujimori, in Lima, Peru, Thursday, Jan. 11

A demonstrator holds a photograph of a person disappeared during the government of former President Alberto Fujimori, in Lima, Peru, Thursday, Jan. 11

Demonstrators shouts slogans as they hold photographs of people disappeared during the government of former President Alberto Fujimori, in Lima, Peru,

Demonstrators shouts slogans as they hold photographs of people disappeared during the government of former President Alberto Fujimori, in Lima, Peru,

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Thousands of Peruvians are demonstrating against the medical pardon that freed former strongman Alberto Fujimori from a 25-year prison sentence.

Thursday night's protest in Lima marks the second time in less than a month that Peruvians have taken to the streets to protest the pardon granted by President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski.

Demonstrators carried signs with phrases like "Assassin Fujimori" and held photographs of the 25 Peruvians whose deaths the former president was convicted of playing a role in.

Fujimori was pardoned on humanitarian grounds on Christmas Eve. He was released from a clinic less than two weeks later and in messages on Twitter has urged Peruvians to cast aside their bitterness.

Some Peruvians credit Fujimori with defeating the nation's Maoist guerrillas, but others condemn him for permitting human rights abuses.