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Thursday, June 21

Philadelphia Inquirer Shining Path may be regaining momentum in Peru: "On June 6, Shining Path members entered San Francisco, in the coca region outside Ayacucho, preaching destruction of the Peruvian government and armed peasant revolution. Guerrillas promised to control farm prices to ensure that poor farmers get a fair deal from buyers. The incursion occurred blocks from police barracks, in a town where the U.S. government has promoted alternative development programs to coca." In the Huallaga and Apurimac valleys, guerrilla columns are a different breed, feeding off the illegal drug trade and taking advantage of strong anti-government sentiment. In addition, four years of economic stagnation provides plenty of motivation for lashing out. But activity does not even approach the levels of the early 1980s.

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