Shining Path Seeks Legal Face 20 Years After Its Leader’s Arrest

By Geraldine Cook
September 13, 2012

Abimael Guzmán, the historic leader of the Shining Path guerrillas, served 20 years in prison on September 12. The capture of Guzmán and the guerrillas´ general staff marked the decline of the Shining Path, but its remnants survived in alliance with drug trafficking in coca-growing valleys of southeastern Peru and, according to authorities, a branch is acting politically in labor unions in Peru, with a moderate line.