What Should A Government Do About A Hostage Crisis?
May 13, 1997
in this forum:
Does media affect negotiations? Were the commandos instructed to kill the rebels? What are conditions in Peruvian jails? What happened to the miners digging the tunnel? How would the United States have handled the crisis?
May 13, 1997:
A panel with Bob Taubert discusses the tactics used to re-take the Japanese Ambassador's residence in Lima, Peru.
February 3, 1997:
A newsmaker interview with Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori.
January 27, 1997:
Charlayne Hunter-Gault gets an update on the hostage situation from NPR reporter Jonathan Miller.
January 2, 1997:
Jim Lehrer speaks with journalist Jonathan Miller, reporting live from Peru.
December 23, 1996:
Marxist rebels released 225 hostages from the Japanese ambassador's residence in a "good will" Christmas gesture.
December 19, 1996:
In a stunning attack, a band of Peruvian rebels stormed the Japanese embassy in Lima holding 490 hostage.
Browse NewsHour coverage of Latin America.
Geoffrey McDade of Montreal, Quebec asks:
Missing Peruvian miners
The recent assault on the Japanese embassy in Lima was made possible by tunneling under the embassy. However, there are reports that some miners died during the tunneling and apparently none of the miners have been seen since.
Do you have any information on this? Are the miners safe? Did they work voluntarily and how are the families of dead or injured miners being compensated?
Bob Taubert responds:
Your information is better than mine. All I know, Geoffrey, is that no one would be close to the explosive charges upon their detonation. In other words, the IED, or improved explosive device, or breaching charges, would be command detonated remotely from a safe position.
William Schulz responds:
We have no information in this regard.