Monday, Dec. 15, 2008

Cleaning up Politics

To protest President Alberto Fujimori's re-election campaign in 2000, Peruvian women gathered in Lima's main plaza regularly to "wash" the country's flag tarnished by "dirty" politics. (Fujimori was accused of abusing his power and using violent tactics to crush his opposition.) The flag-scrubbing protest went on for months, but it wasn't until a video surfaced showing a Fujimori ally bribing a legislator that the President was forced to flee Peru for Toyko, Japan. From exile, Fujimori resigned the presidency, but was extradited to Peru after traveling to Chile in 2005. He is currently in prison on abuse of power charges, and faces trial on accusations that as president he controlled death squads that killed 25 people in two separate incidents.