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.
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On December 17, Marxist rebels stormed the Japanese Embassy in Peru during an elaborate party taking more than 500 people hostage. One hundred and twenty-six days later, 72 hostages were still being detained by the fourteen Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement members.
On April 22 military commandos stormed the residence. All rebels were killed, as were two commandos and one hostage. There are rumors that the rebels were executed and perhaps mutilated during the raid.
Questions addressed in this forum: What were the commandos trained to do in their raid? Was their behavior appropriate to the situation? What are other options of how to handle a hostage crisis?
Your questions are answered by Amnesty International President William Schulz and Bob Taubert, a veteran FBI agent who was involved in training the team that laid seige of the embassy April 22.