Peru: Dealing from Strength

First came a phalanx of women and children, and behind them the short, silent, barrel-chested men armed with slingshots, rusty rifles, and carrying Tierra o Muerte banners. Once again Peru's restless peasants were trying to chase landowners off their estates. The invasions have been going on for months, and President Fernando Belaúnde Terry has hesitated to intervene. But last week, when 8,000 peasants appeared at 14 haciendas near Cuzco in the southern highlands, troops drove them back in a pitched battle that left 17 dead, 32 wounded on both sides. Within hours,...

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