Thursday, March 11, 1999

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  • The FARC Admits Killing Three Activists in Colombia

    Colombia’s largest rebel group admitted yesterday that one of its field commanders and three other guerrillas kidnapped and murdered three Americans, but it defied a U.S. call to surrender the men for extradition. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) said it would punish the perpetrators in keeping with its own code of revolutionary justice and that those responsible may face a firing squad.

  • Clinton Apologizes to Guatemala

    Yesterday, President Clinton admitted that the U.S. provided support for "widespread repression" in Guatemala’s 36-year reign of military and paramilitary terror. Speaking in Guatemala at the end of his Central American tour, Clinton said, "For the United States, it is important that I state clearly that the support for military forces or intelligence which engaged in violent and widespread repression … was wrong." As he spoke, several hundred demonstrators outside Guatemala City’s National Palace could be heard accusing the United States of complicity in the violence.

  • Lori Berenson Update

    Last week, Democracy Now! was part of a delegation that managed to enter the Socabaya Prison in Peru. There they were able to speak with American prisoner Lori Berenson, who is serving a life for "treason to the fatherland," and for being one of the leaders of the "Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement." To date, Berenson has not been allowed to see the evidence that was used to convict her.

  • Rape Survivors: You Are Not Alone

    For a rape survivor, there are few things more difficult than speaking about the assault and its aftermath in front of a camera, perhaps for the first time. A group of women have done just that, however, as part of a series of public service announcements aimed at putting a human face on rape statistics. The series of announcements, entitled, "You Are Not Alone," are to begin airing this month as an educational tool. They feature 14 women rape survivors from all walks of life and were directed by Kate Miller, who is herself a rape survivor.

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