Tuesday, October 19

How the massacre attributed to the Shining Path may affect the elections in Peru

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Helicopter at the VRAEM

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The remnants of the Shining Path are withdrawn in the Vraem (file photo).

Less than two weeks before the second round of elections in Peru, a tragic event shook public opinion in that country.

The Joint Command of the Armed Forces reported this Monday the massacre of 14 people, including two children, in a town in the Apurímac, Ene and Mantaro Valley (Vraem), a region in the center of the country that is estimated to cultivate more than half of the coca from Peru.

The attack occurred on Sunday night when the victims were in a bar.

The authorities attributed it to remnants of the Shining Path, the Maoist group that unleashed an armed struggle against the Peruvian state between 1980 and 1992, and which may have left around 69,000 dead.


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