'War criminal Bush' blamed for worldwide crises
Filed by Agence France-Presse
PROTESTERS have demanded that
"Bush out," about 1000 demonstrators chanted in the center of the capital Lima, watched by scores of police in riot gear who made sure they did not move towards the APEC summit venue several kilometers away.
"This crisis didn't come from the Peruvian people. We shouldn't have to pay for it," a union leader told the crowd, which demonstrated peacefully.
Mr Bush, one of 21 leaders of Asia-Pacific economies
Friday's anti-Bush protest, organized by
"The International Criminal Court should try him for crimes against humanity, war crimes and crimes of aggression," a big banner next to the main stage for the rally proclaimed.
"Bush - genocide. The Peruvians repudiate your crimes," said another.
"We believe that Bush is responsible for the fall of the financial system," explained Aldo Gil Cristostomo, a 54-year-old mechanic standing near other protesters carrying portraits of Che Guevara.
"The war in
Mr Cristostomo added that, while he had more sympathy for Mr
Bush's successor, Barack Obama, he believed the Democrat "is going to
maintain the neo-liberal system" championed by the current
The participants had tried to release a number of live rats in a gesture decrying graft in Peruvian public life, the organizer, Fidel Supo, said in a video published on the website of El Comercio newspaper.
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