Peru fears new generation will follow Shining Path’s road to violence
It was one of Latin America’s most durable and fierce guerrilla movements: Andean Maoists who waged two decades of war on Peruvian society that left almost 70,000 people dead or missing.
But now, 20 years after the¬†Shining Path suffered a spectacular decapitation with the arrest of its founding father Abimael Guzm√°n and most of the rest of its leadership, there is growing alarm about a peaceful successor movement that is seducing young people who have no first hand recollection of the violence of the past.
For 18-year-old Javier Ortiz, the lyrics from a little-known song from the 1950s resonate loudly today.
“The air brings the past and yesterday’s aroma,” goes the melancholic ballad by¬†Los Morochucos.
“I like their songs,” says Ortiz, “because the words reflect….”