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 Bela├║nde 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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