by Susannah Jaffe

Free Lori From Peruvian Prison Cell

“It could be you or me. What happens to your life out there is not your destiny.” Over 200 people walked away from Union Square with this thought in September at a rally to show support for Lori Berenson, an American who has been a political prisoner in Peru since 1996. Working in Peru as a freelance journalist, she was arrested for alleged activity in the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement, an organization tied to assassinations, kidnappings and drug-trafficking. According to her parents, at the trial Berenson was not allowed to offer evidence in her own defense; a hooded tribunal convicted her of treason and sentenced her to life in prison—no possibility of parole.

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