Declaration at the 3rd Summary Trial

Comrade Gonzalo's statement to the reactionary court during his third summary trial.

Proletarians of all countries, unite!


Abimael «Gonzalo» Guzmán

Translated and reproduced by
The Red Flag

This declaration was made by Comrade Gonzalo at the third summary trial against him and other members of the Communist Party of Peru by the reactionary Peruvian State. This trial took place in 2017 and wrongly convicted Comrade Gonzalo of the Tarata bombing and responsibility for drug trafficking.


Mr. Moderator, Mr President.

I have nothing to declare. Why? Because I have nothing to do with Tarata.i When will you understand? Try to prove that I caused Tarata! Try to prove it and I will believe you! That is a complete farce! I have nothing to do with that!

The Central Committee does not agree on specific actions. You do not understand what armed struggle is. How are you going to judge us? Try to seek a military officer who knows and is able to provide you advice, as they do in other cases.

On the second issue, the problem of illegal drug trafficking.ii

All along my life, sir, I have never touched a blessed substance of drugs, because I was formed this way. I have a head; I do not need to get drunk in order to think, less to get debased. Nor have I have participated in that case, never! Why? I am not one of those who poison others; I am one of those who fight for humanity. That‘s what I‘ve proved to be, sir! Others — poisoners — who fill their pockets and who are ruling Peru, those are the culprits.

Therefore I do not know what I‘m going to talk about, sir. What do you want me to tell you? That I do not know? Study the Minutes of the Central Committee and there you will see the furious criticism that we made against this action of Tarata. And I‘m going to provide you a political reason sir. We arrived in a moment, 1991, in which we had to win over the national bourgeoisie. How could we deal them a blow? How then?

It makes no political sense, sir. It was a monstrous error of those who committed it. This is a political reason. Try to prove the contrary. We are politicians, we are not profiteers, nor adventurers who receive paychecks, we are not that, we are communists, fighters, sir. So? What am I talking about? Neither this case nor the other has to do with me. That‘s all, sir.

iThe Tarata bombing, the Miraflores bombing or the Lima bombing was the bombing of a shopping district in Peru‘s capital on 16.07.1992 by a special detachment of the Peruvian People‘s Guerrilla Army. No order was given by the Communist Party of Peru for the attack and it was condemned at the 3rd Plenary Session of the 1st Central Committee of the Communist Party of Peru, as the Party was working to win over the national bourgeoisie at the time of the attack, and it completely went against this political goal.

iiThe Huallaga Regional Committee of the Communist Party of Peru under Comrade Gonzalo‘s leadership carried out taxation of drug traffickers. However, it was forbidden for the central Party bodies, including the Central Committee, to make use of the money obtained from this taxation, and it was forbidden to sell cocaine for money. In the Huallaga Regional Committee, there were serious problems with revisionism and capitulationism as a result of this taxation of the cocaine trade.