The Shining Path in Peru

Last Saturday, the New York Times published an article about the return of the “Shining Path” movement in Peru. The “Shining Path” is a group of extremist, Marxist, terrorist who promote material equality through force, intimidation, and violence. They go into poor villages and try and persuade them that they need to fight for Marxism slaughter them if they don’ t join them. They also bomb buildings in the cities to kill those inside who oppose their views publicly.

The younger generation of Peruvians do not remember the violence that occurred less than 20 years ago (before reviled founder, Abimael Guzmán Reynoso was captured and sentenced to a lifetime prison sentence). Now some of the youth are advocating for his release, saying that he’s paid his price already.

New York Times article: Peru Forced to Confront Deep Scars of Civil War