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Vol 37 No 15

Published 19th July 1996


Burundi

Hutu guerrillas

Hutu militias are confusing. They often split and often share members. The most significant is the Parti pour la Libération du Peuple Hutu founded, eight years after the 1972 slaughter of Hutu people, by Rémi Gahutu. He died in 1990 in a Tanzanian gaol. Now led by Etienne Karatasi from his Danish exile, Palipehutu’ s programme, like that of Rwanda's Mouvement Républicain National pour la Démocratie et le Développement of the late President Juvénal Habyarimana, is to establish ethnic quotas based on an unreliable Belgian census of the 1930s. Palipehutu attacked Bujumbura in November 1991, while President Pierre Buyoya was in Paris for a secret meeting with Karatasi, arranged by Belgian political scientist Filip Reyntjens.

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