PERU: Over the Hill?

The car stopped outside the Colombian Embassy on Lima's wide, tree-lined Avenida Arequipa. A bulky, broad-shouldered figure hurried up to the embassy door. It was past midnight, but the big man shouted: "Go tell the ambassador that the chief of the People's Party wants to see him." The ambassador appeared and admitted Peru's most famous political refugee to the asylum of his embassy. After three months in hiding, Victor Raul Haya de la Torre, 53-year-old boss of the outlawed People's Party (APRA), wanted diplomatic protection and a chance to flee his country...

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