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Tue May 25, 2021, 09:17 AM

Peru's Shining Path kills 16, including children, ahead of polls

Sixteen people, including at least two children, have been killed in a rebel attack in Peru, the country's defence minister has confirmed.

The Shining Path guerrilla group says it was behind the attack.
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Peru's armed forces said that next to the bodies pamphlets signed by the Central Committee of the Militarised Communist Party of Peru - the official name of an offshoot of the Shining Path - had been found warning people not to vote in the upcoming presidential election on 6 June.

The pamphlets also said that the group would "clean" the area of "informants and traitors" and other "parasites".

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-57239680

I thought they'd disappeared. Seems they're now drug traffickers, but have some political aims still.

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muriel_volestrangler May 25 OP
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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Tue May 25, 2021, 10:01 AM

1. drug traffickers? Peru is more complicated than that.....

If you are saying the sp is a cartel, that is one thing (they don't have that clout). But Peru's rural economy has a long dependence on the coca leaf. Growing, harvesting, and even pasting coca is a cottage industry. But that does not a cartel make.

I wouldn't describe a rural farmer as a drug trafficker. Just because coca is grown in the region doesn't mean the sp is a drug trafficking cartel. Do they make money off of it? definitely, but so does the entire region. And so do many of the politicians calling them drug traffickers.

I'm not defending them. But painting them with that brush is not honest.

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Response to getagrip_already (Reply #1)

Tue May 25, 2021, 01:30 PM

3. It's an official US designation, used by the BBC

US designates Peru's Shining Path 'drug traffickers'

The treasury said the guerrilla group had evolved into a "criminal narco-terrorist organisation".

In a statement on Monday, it said that the Shining Path taxed the production, processing and transport of cocaine.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-32973483

It reportedly established cocaine-processing plants in the Huallaga valley to fund its activities.

https://www.britannica.com/topic/Shining-Path

Peruvian guerrilla organization Shining Path is working closely with Colombian drug traffickers whose cocaine revenue is used to fund the leftist rebel organization, according to local media and authorities.

El Cuarto Poder, an investigative journalism program from Peru, reported that the 35-year-old guerrilla movement has proven ties to Colombian drug traffickers dubbed “Los Cafeteros.”

The ties became evident after years of investigations by anti-narcotics agents.

The Cafeteros are a group unknown in Colombia, but active in Peru where they help the Shining Path in the processing of coca to cocaine and contract killings.

https://colombiareports.com/how-colombias-drug-traffickers-work-with-perus-shining-path/

Yes, 'traffickers' is honest.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Tue May 25, 2021, 10:08 AM

2. All iterations have been horrid to the people.

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