Sendero Luminoso, Peru’s Shining Path Movement

I used to find myself in the kitchen of a college house party that was mugged by a Maoist preacher who wanted to bow my ear over the Sendero Luminoso or Shining Path, one of those obscure left-wing Latin American guerrilla groups whose occasional distant actions made the news here in Ireland . Although I did not have that much knowledge of South American politics, other than an interest in the initial propaganda par le fait activities of the Tupamaros in Uruguay, I knew enough to be skeptical of anyone expressing enthusiasm for the cultic ideology of What was officially the Communist Party of Peru. Unfortunately, the Senderistas have often earned their bad reputation. The YouTube channel BadEmpanada has published an insightful rundown of the Shining Path history that is worth a watch. (Sorry for the pun.)

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