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    LIMA AND NEAR UCHURUCCAY, PERU

    Eight Peruvian journalists killed by peasants in a village high in the Andes mountains were buried in the capital, Lima, on February 1.

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    1. AV: Andean mountain region near where bodies of journalists were found. 0.13
    2. GV/SV: Bodies being carried away in plastic bags by local people (3 shots) 0.34
    3. CU/PULL BACK TO SV: Shallow grave where bodies were found 0.47
    LIMA.
    4. TOP SHOT: Funeral procession moving through street 1.07
    5. SVs, GV: Coffins being carried through street, while crowd follows, chanting slogans (3 shots) 1.38
    6. GVs, SV: Procession entering cemetery (4 shots) 2.20
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    Background: LIMA AND NEAR UCHURUCCAY, PERU

    Eight Peruvian journalists killed by peasants in a village high in the Andes mountains were buried in the capital, Lima, on February 1. According to an eye witness, the eight men were ambushed and hacked to pieces by frightened Indian peasants who mistook them or terrorists. The journalists, whose bodies were later recovered in as hallow grave near the remote hamlet of Uchuruccay, were said to have tried to escape into the mountain. They had shouted in Spanish "We are journalists", but the dialect-speaking Indians thought they were saying "we are terrorists", a word they had been taught by security forces. A crowd of nearly 50,000 people joined the funeral procession to the El Angel cemetery in Lima, where the victims were buried. Many people used the occasion to event their anger at the Sinchis, an anti-guerrilla unit of the security forces who, the peasant claimed, had told them to kill strangers who did not arrive at the village by air. Sinchi units use helicopters to search for guerrillas in the region, which can otherwise only be reached on horseback. The journalists had visited the hamlet to report on the activities of the Maoist group, Sendero Luminoso. President Fernando Belaunde Terry of Peru has appointed the country's top novelist, Mario Vargas, to serve on an official commission of inquiry into the killings.

    Source: MARIO JACOB/REUTERS - ALESANDRO LEGASPI

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3JVWIGX44YDE1T56B4T7L41X8
    Media URN:
    VLVA3JVWIGX44YDE1T56B4T7L41X8
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/02/1983
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:20:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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