Peruvians Not on Same Page About Shining Path Terrorism

Peru’s top leaders are at odds as to whether the brutal Maoist peasant insurgency that convulsed the Andean nation in the 1980s is on the rebound, with some seeing electoral politics playing a role in the debate. The divisions within President Alejandro Toledo’s government over the threat posed by the surviving rump of Shining Path, whose chiefs were mostly killed or captured in the early 1990s, began with comments from Cabinet chief Pedro Pablo Kuczynski.

Seemingly out of the blue, Kuczynski told local media this week that Shining Path activity has been on the upswing since 2001 and that he had “very detailed” information to support his statement. Full Story

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