The four-year conflict between Peru's security forces and the guerrilla group "Sendero Luminoso" (Shining Path) continues to claim new victims.
1. SV People entering morgue. 0.10
2. SVs INTERIOR Bodies on floor, child's corpse.(3 shots) 0.23
3. SV AND CU Demetrio Maldonado speaking to reporter (SOT), woman crying. 0.56
4. SV PULL OUT TO GV AND SVs Mourners to coffins brought up, closed and nailed shut, loaded on to lorry. (4 shots) 1.19
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Background: AYACUCHO, PERU
The four-year conflict between Peru's security forces and the guerrilla group "Sendero Luminoso" (Shining Path) continues to claim new victims. On July 31, fourteen corpses, among them a three-year-old child, were discovered in an isolated canyon south of Ayacucho, halfway between the country's seaside capital Lima and the interior city of Cuzco. All the bodies showed unmistakable signs of torture. The victims were carried to the Ayacucho morgue, where local peasants waited to identify the bodies of their relatives. Demetrio Maldonado, leader of one of the Indian peasants' committee, complained that the "Sinchis" (police) arrested one of his relatives who was taken away and never seen again. An unidentified woman accused the police of detaining her husband and then shooting him -- his body, with bullet holes in the mouth and stomach, was among those in the morgue. Local villager accused the military and police units of carrying out the killings in apparent revenge for Sendero Luminoso's continuing struggle to topple the national government of President Fernando Belaunde Terry -- a struggle in which an estimated three thousand people have died.
Source: CHANNEL 2 LIMA