• Short Summary

    Peru's municipal elections opened on November 13 amid tight security after ultra-leftist Maoist guerrillas threatened to sabotage the poll.

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    1.
    GV & SV Town of Ayacucho and buildings (2 shots)
    0.11

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    GVs Pro-Communist graffiti on walls (5 shots)
    0.32

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    CU Name of city on bus at checkpoint
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    GVs People's identification papers being checked by troops (3 shots)
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    SV Troops checking truck loaded with people and belongings
    0.54

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    SVs Police checking belongings (2 shots)
    1.04

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    SV Armed guards seated on wall
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    GV Truck with people crossing checkpoint
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    SVs Police checking workers ID cards and papers (3 shots)
    1.30

    10.
    SV Skeleton remains
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    GV & CUs Dead bodies on hillside (4 shots)
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    GV People checking bodies to see if they are missing relatives
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    SV Bereaved woman crying and speaking about son's kidnap in Quechua (2 shots)
    2.22

    14.
    SVs People looking at bodies (2 shots)
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    Background: Peru's municipal elections opened on November 13 amid tight security after ultra-leftist Maoist guerrillas threatened to sabotage the poll. The vote was the government's first electoral test since President Belaunde Terry returned Peru to democracy in 1980 after twelve years of military rule. Fourteen parties, nearly half of them Marxist, were vying for 1,673 mayoral seats in a competition politicians consider a dress rehearsal for the 1985 presidential elections. The government suspended the elections in three of the nine Andean provinces where Interior Minister Luis Percovich warned guerrillas might launch an assault on election day to frustrate the poll. His warning followed guerrilla attacks in the previous month in which three policemen and one mayor was killed, a mayoral candidate wounded and six ruling party political offices damaged by bombs. The centre of the anti-government insurgency is Ayacucho, a mining town which for more than three years has been at the heart of the a conflict between the Peruvian Security Forces and the Maoist guerrilla group Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path). Since the insurgency began 1,700 lives have been lost in the area. On November 10 the bodies of four more people were found on a hillside near the town and residents of Ayacucho whose relatives have disappeared went to the site in the hope of identifying the bodies. Anti-government critics say apparent police success against guerrillas in the area has been achieved at the cost of frequent use of torture, murder of suspects, and arrest after which detainees have disappeared. Government leaders deny those charges but say they are trying to defend the established order. Official statistics claim that 1,033 Senderistas were killed up to mid-August. Opposition politicians have claimed that most of those killed by the security forces are innocent peasants

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    Film ID:
    VLVAB0GQF4HRFWOCLHG2T3H9D0T5X
    Media URN:
    VLVAB0GQF4HRFWOCLHG2T3H9D0T5X
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/11/1983
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:01:00
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