Marxist activist Lori Berenson was convicted in 1995 for her acts of terrorism with the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (MRTA) in Peru. She was set free on parole where she must finish her remaining five years in Lima without leaving the country.
She served 15 years and was granted parole today. Lori Berenson probably benefited from the weight of the American government in reducing the original lifetime sentence to 20 years back in 2005.
MRTA was a Communist rebel group that looked to impose a totalitarian form of government in Peru through terrorist activities. They’re most famous for their takeover of the Japanese embassy in Lima in 1997.
Over 70,000 Peruvians were victims of Marxist and Communist terrorist activities throughout the 1980s and 1990s.
Peruvians were upset with the announcement of her release today. Many still remember a time when children could go out and play and walk at night in relative safety. Peru today is markedly different from that time because of these terrorist organizations activities.
I’m all for second chances and hope that Miss Lori Berenson is a changed person but I am wary of people like her being raised as a celebrity and hero by Communists everywhere.
Let’s pray for her and the people of Peru.
(Biretta tip: Lucien Chauvin of the Christian Science Monitor)