PERUVIANS MARCH FOR DEATH PENALTY
January 23, 2007: Thousands of Peruvians have joined a march in Lima supporting a proposal to introduce the death penalty for members of the Shining Path rebel group.
Many of the crowd waved pictures of relatives killed by the Shining Path. Last week President Alan Garcia suggested changing the constitution to allow a referendum on the issue after parliament rejected the proposal.
MPs argued that capital punishment would breach the American Convention on Human Rights, which Peru has signed. Protesters from the Association of Families of Victims of Terrorism, who joined the march to Lima's government palace, said the majority of the population supported Mr Garcia. (Sources: BBC, 20/01/2007)