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Peru's shame at rebel war that claimed 69,000 lives

Peru’s fragile democracy has been shaken to its core by an official report showing that more than 69,000 people died in two decades of guerrilla war between successive governments and Marxist rebels, in which both sides committed what the report’s chief author described as “crimes against humanity”. The report by a government-appointed Truth and Reconciliation Commission was based on evidence taken from 17,000 people in 530 villages. It blames the rebels, predominantly the Shining Path movement, for more than half of the killings. The death toll given in the report is more than double most previous estimates for the conflict, which ran between 1980 and 2000. But the report says that some 30 per cent of the victims were killed by the Peruvian military during brutal counter-insurgency operations, while most of the remainder were murdered by peasant militias, supported and armed by the government. Full Story

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