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“We can’t ask the government for help. We feel impotent.”

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Comrade Zero posted on his blog an excellent (and short 40 minute) documentary on the Shining Path during the early 1990s in Peru.  The Shining Path was the communist insurgency in Peru that stated in the early 1980s.  While the Shinning Path has completely fallen away from the strength it had in 1992 this documentary is still important for us today as many of the issues affecting the poor indigenous population of Peru and the working and poor classes has not changed.  In many instances things have gotten worse; which is one reason why leftist and socialist governments took control in Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Bolivia since the late 1990s till now.

I strongly urge everyone to take 45 minutes out of their day to see this documentary and thank Comrade Zero for bringing it to our attention.  While we might not all agree with their tactics we should take time out to at least see what these folks were about and not rely solely on Peruvian and U.S. news reports on that former movement.

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3 Comments
  1. Sunday, September 28, 2008 5:43 am

    Thanks for passing along the video!

  2. Sunday, September 28, 2008 2:48 pm

    No problem amigo.

  3. dksu permalink
    Monday, September 29, 2008 7:43 pm

    Yeah, I saw this vid awhile ago. Their organization is impressive, especially their cadre in prison. The transformation was amazing.

    However, there’s some extremely disturbing details of massacres that were committed by groups under the Shining Path name, dealing mainly with political rivals and innocent villagers in areas under government/proxy control.

    My knowledge of them is pretty basic and I’m definitely not an authority though. Good that this vid is posted, it’s worth watching.

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