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Shining Path

group name

Sendero Luminoso (SL) or "Shining Path." The group's full name is the Communist Party of Peru for the Shining Path of Jose Carlos Mariategui.


Shining Path operates in Peru. The group's main stronghold is in the Valley of the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro rivers (VRAEM), a major cocaine-producing area in the departments of Ayacucho, Huancavelica, Cusco and Junin.

stated purpose

The SL seeks to overthrow existing Peruvian state institutions and replace them with a Marxist government, to be known as the...

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