The leader of Peru’s deadliest terrorist group died in prison Saturday, one working day just before the 29th anniversary of his capture.
Abimael Guzman, 86, the founder of Sendero Luminoso, or the Shining Path, was arrested in Lima in 1992 and convicted of staying a terrorist. The previous philosophy professor requested the killing of countless numbers of Peruvians in buy to make a Maoist revolution in the region, starting in 1980 — the same day Peruvians went to the polls in their initially democratic elections immediately after a ten years of armed forces rule.
An believed 69,000 folks — most of them in indigenous communities in the Andes — ended up killed involving 1980 and 2000.
From their base in the southern metropolis of Ayacucho, Guzman led at very first a rag-tag army of peasants armed with machetes. Later on, the team put car or truck bombs throughout Lima and other large towns.
In 1981, the Shining Route hung dozens of useless puppies from lampposts with symptoms pinned to them, determining them as “the puppies of capitalism,”