Quien Habla es Terrorista: The Politics of Fear

  • Jo-Marie Burt


For nearly a decade, President Fujimori enjoyed high popularity ratings. It was not until 2000, in the midst of a tense electoral process and allegations of government fraud, that massive protests erupted against the regime. On July 27, 2000, the eve of Alberto Fujimori’s swearing in as president of Peru for the third consecutive time, protestors from throughout the country converged on downtown Lima to challenge what they argued was an illegitimate electoral process. According to the 1993 constitution, which Fujimori and his allies in congress put in place after the infamous autogolpe of April 1992, a sitting president could be reelected only one consecutive time. This would be Fujimori’s third term in office, made possible, critics charged, by the manipulation of the rules of the game on the one hand and outright intimidation of the opposition on the other. Indeed, the Fujimori regime seemed bent on assuring a third term in office for the president at any cost.1


Civil Society Armed Force Political Violence Military Regime Public Realm 


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  1. 1.
    This chapter was first published as “‘Quien habla es terrorista’: The Political Use of Fear in Fujimori’s Peru,” by Jo-Marie Burt, from Latin American Research Review 41:3 (2006): 32–62.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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