PERU: The Limazo Riots

The leftist military revolution in Peru, as President Juan Velasco Alvarado likes to put it, had two pillars of support. One was the armed forces. The other was "the immense majority of Peruvians that have had little or nothing to do with the direction of the country in the past"—in other words, the majority of the civilian population. Last week a surprisingly varied segment of that population seemed to break ranks with the revolution, plunging Peru into its worst outbreak of violence since the military seized power six years ago.

The immediate...

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