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Cameron Diaz Apologizes For Mao Bag In Peru

Cameron Diaz (photosCameron Diaz photos) has apologized for wearing a bag with a political slogan that evoked painful memories in Peru.

Diaz visited the city of Machu Picchu in Peru on Friday wearing an olive green bag emblazoned with a red star and the words "Serve the People" printed in Chinese, perhaps Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong's most famous political slogan.

The bags are marketed as fashion accessories in some world capitals, but in Peru the slogan evokes memories of the Maoist Shining Path insurgency that fought the government in the 1980s and early 1990s in a bloody conflict that left nearly 70,000 people dead.

"I sincerely apologize to anyone I may have inadvertently offended. The bag was a purchase I made as a tourist in China and I did not realize the potentially hurtful nature of the slogan printed on it... I'm sorry for any people's pain and suffering and it was certainly never my intention to reopen what I now know is a painful wound in this country's history and wish for their continued healing," Diaz said.

One prominent Peruvian human rights activist said Diaz should have been a little more aware of local sensitivities when picking her accessories.

June 25, 2007 |

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