Friday, 5 June 2009

Peruvian Shining Path terrorists recruit child soldiers

Alan Garcia, President of Peru, has said that Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) will be sued for using child soldiers in their armed conflict against the state.

The terrorists are said to use children to kill wounded soldiers. “This is something very serious, horrific and inhuman that even the world's ruthless terrorist groups have never done", said Garcia at a press conference. It is something that deserves to be sued at international bodies such as the Organization of American States (OAS), the United Nations and the European Parliament.

Last week, Peru was shocked by national programme Punto Final's footage of children brandishing weapons as members of the Shining Path movement. The platoon was led by a boy of about 10 years old. The programme, shown on Peruvian television channel "Frecuencia Latina", shows the training of 17 children armed with automatic weapons and wearing military fatigues.

Click the video link below to see a clip of the footage.

Text courtesy of Andina News Agency

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