Peruvians will choose their new president in the second round of elections this Sunday. The competition is between Keiko Fujimori and Ollanta Humala who are neck to neck in the polls. Despite Ollanta’s wishy-washy proposals and his association with Hugo Chávez, he has gained a strong following with many of his supporters hardly voting for him than voting against Keiko.Keiko is the daughter of Alberto Fujimori, the former president of Peru from 1990 to 2000. Fujimori is recognized and appreciated for ending years of dreadful, violent terrorism in Peru and for stabilizing the country’s economy. At the same time, he was also found guilty of various corrupt acts and human rights violations. He is currently serving 25 years in prison.
Many people remember Alberto Fujimori for embezzling tons of money from the government and for killing off their families during the harsh stance he took against the terrorists, which often involved innocent people. Fujimori apologists argue that these undertakings were primarily headed by Vladimiro Montesinos, Fujimori’s chief advisor.Nevertheless, wherever you find Keiko these days, you’ll find people who are against her father. The diplomatic contend that she’s partly responsible for her father’s crimes because she was named Peru’s First Lady in 1994 at only 19 years old as her parents underwent a divorce. Others don’t have the courtesy to show reason and simply throw misattributed insults for Alberto Fujimori at his daughter, as his ad hoc representative. “Assassin!” they yell at Keiko, as if her father’s wrongdoings were her fault.
Below is a short clip of Keiko’s most recent visit to Huancayo last week during her presidential campaign. As she comes down the stairs amongst shouts of “Keiko for President!” you’ll hear a man shout: “China Rata!” calling her a rat as an insult.
Should Keiko be blamed for her father’s wrongs? Are you just like your parents? Can we ever really dissociate ourselves from our family? Will their errors always reflect on us and our errors on them?