Peruvians want hostages freed, but not at price of freeing terrorists
LIMA, Peru (AP) _ Augusto Tenorio held a white carnation and a lit candle for his father, one of 340 hostages whom leftist rebels hope to exchange for their jailed comrades.
But the 22-year-old thinks releasing prisoners he considers terrorists is perhaps too high a price to pay for his father’s freedom.
``As a Peruvian citizen and a Christian, I hope the terrorists come to accept that violence solves nothing,″ he said. ``And that they understand the country can’t permit the freeing of other terrorists so they can commit other acts of violence.″
Tenorio spoke at a vigil Friday night in a public park, where 400 relatives and friends of the captives demonstrated in support of a peaceful solution to the standoff.
Peruvians who could be bitter or angry have instead been quietly restrained, counseling their political leaders to proceed cautiously.
In the park, only blocks from the Japanese ambassador’s house where the hostages are being held, a sign was attached to a statue of a general on a rearing horse. ``For Life, For Peace _ All The People United,″ it read.
Another: ``Dialogue, Negotiation, Hostages, Liberation.″
Mauricio Adrianzen, a 25-year-old engineering student, said he knew no one inside the diplomatic compound, but attended the vigil to show that he, too, wants a peaceful outcome to the crisis.
``That’s what everyone here wants _ and all Peru.″
Roberto and Lucy Camino, who waited at police lines ``night and day″ since Tuesday, got their son Jerico back Friday night. The 20-year-old business school student was unexpectedly released with 37 others.
``We’re very happy to have him home,″ Roberto Camino said, his arm around his wife’s shoulder as their son spoke with reporters. ``Now we’re worried about the welfare of the rest of the hostages.″