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High Plains Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-17-06 02:23 PM
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Sendero Luminoso was formed by professors and teachers in Ayacucho as a Maoist offshoot of the Peruvian Communist Party. It identified the peasantry as the mass base of revolution and attempted to make it happen. But Presidente Gonzalo and the boys were singularly vicious and bloody-minded. I remember writing about 15 years ago that anyone who supported them would have to explain away all the blood on his hands. What did they achieve? Oh, about 30,000 dead.

Which is by no means to excuse the Peruvian government, including that of former President Alain Garcia in the mid-1980s--you know, the same guy who is president again now. Remember the massacre at Lurigancho Prison? There were many more.
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