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April 11, 1993 | Amy Wilentz
Peru is a hard-luck case. In the 1500s, European adventurers and colonizers added their je ne sais quoi to what was already a head-spinning indigenous cultural mix, and the result is, today, a place of magical, frightening dissonance. Up in the Indian heights, or altiplano, farmers' improvised shacks squat not far from arrogant terraced ruins of the Incan empire, gutted by European vandals. Up here, the air is thin and so are the peasants.
August 13, 2013 | By Adriana Leon and Chris Kraul, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
LIMA, Peru -- The killing in southern Peru of the two top military commanders of the Maoist rebel group Shining Path, which has reemerged as a major trafficker of narcotics, may force it to reorganize, analysts and officials say. Alejandro Borda Casafranca, alias “Alipio,” and Martin Quispe Palomino, alias “Gabriel,” were killed Sunday night by a covert force formed to track down top rebel leaders. After a firefight, their bullet-riddled and burned corpses were found in a house in an isolated township of Ayacucho state south of Lima.
June 16, 1989 | From Reuters
Janet Talavera, acting editor of El Diario, a newspaper that openly supports Maoist Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) rebels, has been arrested, Peruvian police said Thursday.
April 15, 2011
Peru's political system has been ailing for decades. Corruption, violence and deep economic inequalities have left it weakened. Now, the first round of voting in the presidential race, which took place Sunday, threatens to leave the country in critical condition. From a field of five candidates, two emerged as front-runners likely to move on to a runoff election June 5. Both appear wanting in experience, and concerns about their commitment to democracy prompted Peruvian writer and Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa to say the decision will be like "choosing between AIDS and terminal cancer.
May 10, 1985 | Associated Press
Gunmen believed to be members of the Maoist group Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) Wednesday assassinated Luis Alberto Guilar, the mayor of Yanacancha, who had been elected to Congress in the April 14 general elections, police said Thursday.
June 11, 1989
Peruvian troops killed a top field commander of the Maoist Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) guerrilla group and at least 20 other rebels in two clashes, army spokesmen said. They said Shining Path leader David Orozco Tello, known as Comrade Merino, and 14 other insurgents were killed in a clash in a remote area of the Apurimac region, about 600 miles south of Lima. Press reports have described Orozco as a top Sendero strategist and an associate of the movement's supreme leader, Abimael Guzman.
April 30, 1992
In response to "Shining Path Brightens in Lima's Slums," Commentary, April 17: Jorge Castaneda's column suggests that the so-called coup in Peru is "denounced" by Peruvians, when in fact over 70% of them support it. Castaneda calls the Shining Path an "ostensible adversary invoked for the necessity of the coup," but those at risk see the threat as very real: More than 25,000 people have died at their hands since 1980. Does our haste in the U.S. to demonize President Alberto Fujimori have anything to do with his surname?
June 15, 1989 | From Times wire services
The acting editor of a newspaper which openly supports Maoist Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) rebels has been arrested, Peruvian police said today. Police arrested acting Editor Janet Talavera of the weekly paper El Diario, Sendero Luminoso's main propaganda organ, as she left its Lima offices, charging her with "apology for terrorism" under the new anti-guerrilla law.
May 8, 1989
Assassins shot to death a legislator from Peru's ruling party, the second such slaying in nine days. Pablo Li Ormeno, who represented the Lima area in the Chamber of Deputies, was slain by two men in a slum on Lima's outskirts, the government news agency Andina said. President Alan Garcia cut short a trip to Brazil, where he was attending a summit on the Amazon, to attend Li Ormeno's wake. No one claimed responsibility for the killing, although authorities blamed Maoist Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path)
April 25, 1985
The head of Peru's elections board, his driver and a bodyguard were all critically wounded when five men, firing machine guns, ambushed the official's car. President Fernando Belaunde Terry rushed to the hospital after learning of the assassination attempt against his cousin, Domingo Garcia Rada, 72. He announced that Garcia Rada's condition was "extremely critical" and described the incident as an attack on democracy.
May 27, 2010 | By Adriana Leon and Chris Kraul, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Lori Berenson, an American who has spent more than 14 years in Peruvian prisons on terrorism charges, is expected to be released on parole as early as Thursday, the national prisons institute said Wednesday. The announcement followed a court ruling Tuesday granting Berenson's request for parole. Judge Jessica Leon ordered her to remain in Peru until 2015, when her sentence ends. "I'm very happy. I am going to have three glasses of wine," her father, Mark Berenson, told the Associated Press on Tuesday.
February 24, 2010 | By Reed Johnson
Outside of South America, the War of the Pacific (1879-84) is largely remembered today as a nasty but minor dispute, pitting Chile against Bolivia and Peru in a fight over mineral-rich territory and maritime access. But for the countries involved, the war remains a political and psychological open wound that continues to fester. "It's sort of a scar in our national history," says Guillermo Calderón, 39, a Chilean native whose play "Diciembre" (December) opens a run of four performances Wednesday night at REDCAT in downtown Los Angeles.
March 25, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Shining Path rebels working with drug traffickers killed one police officer and wounded 11 on an anti-drug patrol in Peru's coca-producing Apurimac River valley, a police chief said. A female officer, 21, died of a gunshot to the head Sunday, Gen. Miguel Hidalgo, chief of Peru's anti-drug police, told the Canal 7 news program. Police have been attacked frequently since a group stormed a police station near a drug-trafficking route in Apurimac in November, killing a police lieutenant.
February 21, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Peruvian police killed a Shining Path leader during a weekend raid on a rebel stronghold in the country's central jungle. Hector Aponte, known as Comrade Clay, headed the Maoist group's rebel operations in the remote Alto Huallaga region and was killed Sunday in a police assault that lasted several hours, the interior minister said. The raid followed an attack on police last week in Alto Huallaga that killed two officers.
November 16, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Peru's retrial of Shining Path rebel leader Abimael Guzman collapsed after two of the three judges pulled out, citing previous rulings that could cast doubt on their impartiality. The case will have to start again from scratch. The case was annulled after Judge Jose de Vinatea recused himself, saying he had represented accused terrorists in court previously. Another judge, Carlos Manrique, stepped down Friday.
November 13, 2004 | Hector Tobar, Times Staff Writer
Abimael Guzman, the founder of the Shining Path guerrilla movement, took his seat quietly in the courtroom Friday morning. Ninety minutes later, he stood up, turned to look at the press gallery and gave a broad, satisfied smile. The man who preached chaos as a means to his revolutionary end had once again seen his trial on charges of "terrorist crimes against the public tranquillity" descend into farcical disorder. One member of the three-judge panel overseeing his case suddenly quit.
November 6, 2004 | From Associated Press
The founder of Peru's Maoist Shining Path insurgency raised a defiant fist and proclaimed, "Glory to Marxism!" in court Friday as the government began his retrial on terrorism charges, a decade after he was sentenced to life in prison. The proceedings against Abimael Guzman were quickly suspended when his 15 co-defendants joined him, standing up and chanting revolutionary slogans.
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