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Friday, June 26, 1998

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  • Peruvian President Fujimori Answers Questions About Prisoner

    Peru’s Prime Minister of three weeks said Thursday that he had offered to resign after President Alberto Fujimori rejected his idea to pardon American activist Lori Berenson, imprisoned for life on terrorism charges. Fujimori declined his resignation offer. The Prime Minister, Javier Valle Riestra, sparked a storm of Congressional protests when he suggested on Sunday that the 1996 military trial of Lori Berenson was legally flawed and should be annulled.

  • President Clinton Arrives in China Amidst Detaining of Dissidents

    With the pageantry of thundering drums and clanging gongs, President Clinton was welcomed to China tonight, the first American President to visit the country in nearly a decade. He rebuked critics in Washington who have attacked his policy of engagement with Beijing.

  • Anniversary of the Incident at Oglala

    Before Ruby Ridge and Waco, Texas, the government militarily invaded the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota in 1975. Members of the American Indian Movement (AIM) had been invited to the reservation to defend traditional Indians and elders against rampant FBI-sponsored violence and murder. At the time the number of murders on the reservation was greater than the number of murders in the rest of the state combined. Twenty three years ago today, a firefight broke out on the reservation in which two FBI agents and a Native American were killed. The murder of the Native American was never investigated. But in a case filled with manufactured evidence and intimidated witnesses, the government convicted Leonard Peltier of murdering the two agents. He is currently serving two consecutive life sentences at Leavenworth Prison.