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Jailed Peru rebels end hunger strike

Jailed leaders of the Maoist Shining Path guerrilla group in Peru have ended a three-day hunger strike in protest at their solitary confinement. Group founder Abimael Guzman and his companion and deputy, Elana Iparraguirre, had said they would not eat until a 15-day isolation order was lifted. They ended the action, at the high-security prison in the Callao naval base near Lima, after consulting their lawyers. The two were confined to their separate cells after refusing to leave a communal courtyard area in protest at what they claimed was the theft of Iparraguirre’s diary by prison officers. Excerpts from the diary have been appearing in local papers and seem to indicate that Guzman continues to lead the guerrilla movement from his cell. Guzman’s lawyer Manuel Fajardo reportedly said the two prisoners began eating again on Monday in an “act of good faith” that prison authorities would lift the order. However, a statement from the authorities said the ban would remain in effect, and added that both had been under medical surveillance during their hunger strike and shown no signs of failing health. Full Story

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