HomeNewsBrief'Shining Path Holds Political Rally After Leader Captured'
BRIEF

'Shining Path Holds Political Rally After Leader Captured'

INFOGRAPHICS / 15 FEB 2012 BY ELYSSA PACHICO EN

A group of Shining Path rebels held a rally in a small town demanding the release of their captured leader, "Comrade Artemio," according to reports.

Crime analyst Jaime Antezana told RPP that 30 guerrillas held the demonstration in Papaplaya, in San Martin province, San Martin region, in Peru's northern Amazon. Antezana said "local sources" told him that the rebels, fully armed, rallied for 20 minutes to call for the release of Artemio, who was captured February 12.

The governor of San Martin province appeared to confirm Antezana's report to RPP, stating that the guerrillas then left the area and went upriver towards another jungle town, Chazuta (see map, below).

However, the director of police in San Martin region denied that any such rally occurred and said that Antezana's report was false.

InSight Crime Analysis

The alleged rally happened on the other side of San Martin region from where Artemio was found wounded in Tohache province. The area is a coca-producing zone which has served as a traditional base of operations for the rebel group.

The report raises questions over how the Shining Path are reacting to Artemio's arrest. Artemio commanded the more political faction of the Shining Path, based in the Upper Huallaga region of northern Peru. If the group are still holding rallies, this suggests they have not been vanquished by the capture of their leader. Police have warned that alias "Comrade Jose," leader of another faction based further south, which is more heavily involved in the drug trade, may try to move into Artemio's territory.


View Loreto in a larger map.

share icon icon icon

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

Related Content

COCA / 11 JUN 2021

In arguably the most polarizing election Peru has seen in its history, voters have selected, by a razor-thin margin, a…

CARIBBEAN / 29 JUN 2021

The owner of an armored transport company has been charged for his part in a transnational dirty gold network that…

COCAINE / 9 FEB 2021

In 1989, Los Angeles police transformed Europe's cocaine trade when they broke open a padlock guarding a Californian warehouse.

About InSight Crime

LA ORGANIZACIÓN

Extensive Coverage of our Chronicles of a Cartel Bodyguard

23 SEP 2022

Our recent investigation, A Cartel Bodyguard in Mexico’s 'Hot Land', has received extensive media coverage.

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime, American University Host Illegal Fishing Panel

19 SEP 2022

InSight Crime and the Center for Latin American & Latino Studies (CLALS) at American University discussed the findings of a joint investigation on IUU fishing at a September 9 conference.

THE ORGANIZATION

Impact on the Media Landscape

9 SEP 2022

InSight Crime’s first investigation on the Dominican Republic made an immediate impact on the Dominican media landscape, with major news outlets republishing and reprinting our findings, including in …

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Sharpens Its Skills

2 SEP 2022

Last week, the InSight Crime team gathered for our annual retreat in Colombia, where we discussed our vision and strategy for the next 12 months.  During the week, we also learned how to…

THE ORGANIZATION

Colombia’s Fragile Path to Peace Begins to Take Shape

26 AUG 2022

InSight Crime is charting the progress of President Gustavo Petro’s agenda as he looks to revolutionize Colombia’s security policy, opening dialogue with guerrillas, reforming the military and police, and…