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Túpac Amaru

Michael F. Brown and Eduardo Fernandez

in War of Shadows

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 1991 | ISBN: 9780520074354
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520911352 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520074354.003.0008
Túpac Amaru

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The guerrilla column making up the central front of the Movimiento de Izquierda Revolucionaria (MIR)'s three-front insurgency took the name Túpac Amaru after José Gabriel Condorcanqui, also known as Túpac Amaru II. The weaponry of the Túpac Amaru consisted of revolvers, shotguns, carbines, and a few light automatic rifles. The unfolding relations between the guerrillas of the Túpac Amaru and local peasant communities have inspired conflicting claims. Its members made a point of distinguishing themselves from peasants by their dress. Guillermo Lobatón Milla was the commander of the Túpac Amaru. The Túpac Amaru's acts of revolutionary “propaganda” soon led to a shooting war. Once the army took charge of the campaign against the MIR, it exercised total control over the dissemination of information. The Túpac Amaru escaped from the mountains toward the heavily forested foothills of the Río Sonomoro.

Keywords: Túpac Amaru; Movimiento de Izquierda Revolucionaria; guerrilla; José Gabriel Condorcanqui; local peasant communities; Guillermo Lobatón Milla

Chapter.  5671 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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