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Tuesday, 26 December 2017 - 16:24
Protest in Peru over pardoning of ex-president Fujimori
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Police in Peru have fired tear gas and clashed with thousands of protesters angry at the authorities’ decision to pardon ex-president Alberto Fujimori.
 
“No to the pardon!” the crowds chanted in the capital Lima during the second day of unrest.
 
President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski pardoned Fujimori on health grounds on Christmas Eve.
 
Fujimori, who is serving 25 years for human rights abuses and corruption, was last week moved from jail to hospital.
 
He has low blood pressure and an irregular heartbeat.
 
Kuczynski denies pardoning Fujimori as part of a deal with his party last week to avoid his own impeachment.
 
Two members of President Kuczynski’s party in the Peruvian Congress, Vicente Zeballos, and Alberto de Belaunde have resigned in protest at the pardon.
 
Meanwhile, supporters of the man who led Peru from 1990 to 2000 celebrated outside the city hospital where he was being treated.
 
He is admired by some Peruvians for combating Maoist rebels – but his critics considered him a corrupt dictator.
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