PERU: Student Days

Across Lima's Plaza San Martin, blue-sweatered students bore a pine coffin wrapped in the Peruvian flag. Watching crowds sang the national anthem as the procession moved toward the Colegio de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, Lima's largest (7,000 students) public high school. As the gates of the school chapel swung open, a bugler sounded taps. A senior spoke briefly. Heriberto Avellanada Beltrán, he said, had died for liberty.

The Protest. Avellanada's death marked the end of a tumultuous week at the school. The student body, mostly boys of poorer families, has long been politically conscious, took part in the turbulence from...

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