The Final Sheathing of La Cuarta Espada

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    'The future lies in guns and cannons! The armed revolution has begun! Glory to the Marxist-Leninist-Mao Zedong thought! Let us initiate the armed struggle!' (Guzman 2005: 330). So concluded Abimael Guzman's famous 'We Are the Initiators' speech at the conclusion of the First Military School of the Partido Comunista del Peru-Sendero Luminoso (Communist Party of Peru- Shining Path, hereinafter CPP-SP) on 19 April 1980, signalling the beginning of the party's move from theory to practice. Barely a few months after the fall of the Maoist Communist Party of Kampuchea (the so-called Khmer Rouge), as the world was taking toll of the tragedy that had enfolded Cambodia, Guzman was putting Peru, Latin America, and the world on notice (Degregori 2012: 4). Guzman (2005: 327) continued.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)40-45
    JournalMade in China Journal
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2021


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