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    AYACUCHO, LIMA, PRIMAVERA & HUANUCO, PERU

    A group of left wing guerrillas in Peru celebrated the fourth anniversary of the start of their armed resistance on May 18.

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    NEAR AYACUCHO - MAY 17-19 (CHANNEL NINE)
    1. GV Damaged buildings in village of Sachabamba. 0.03
    2. GV INTERIOR Damaged roof, bullet holes in walls, rubble. (5 SHOTS) 0.39
    3. SV Security forces overlooking town of Ayachuco. (3 SHOTS) 0.54
    4. CU Police chief Colonel Mellet (chief of emergency zone) speaking about absence of problems in area, blaming media. (SOT) 1.24
    LIMA - MAY 19 (CHANNEL NINE)
    5. CU Ipido Vargas, journalist kidnapped by Sendero Luminoso speaking about kidnap (SOT) 1.41
    PRIMAVERA, MAY 15-16 (ORTIZ)
    6. GV Security forces in small boat. (2 shots) 2.00
    7. GV Commandos patrolling inland. 2.08
    8. SV Sodiers searching house; another questioning woman. (2 SHOTS) 2.19
    9. SV Troops with suspects. 2.26
    10. GV & CU Soldier questioning villager. (2 SHOTS) 2.32
    11. GVs Soldier guarding detainees; families looking on. (2 SHOTS) 2.44
    12. GV Troops on march, patrolling area. 2.53
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    Background: AYACUCHO, LIMA, PRIMAVERA & HUANUCO, PERU

    A group of left wing guerrillas in Peru celebrated the fourth anniversary of the start of their armed resistance on May 18. They have now extended their support bases from the remote Andes as far as the capital, Lima. The government claims to have captured 2,300 members of the pro-Maoist Sendero Luminoso group. However, it is reported that these have been replaced by unemployed teenagers, disillusioned by Peru's severe economic crisis. Since the group became active, it is estimated that its members have been responsible for nearly 2,500 deaths. The group has its roots in Ayachuco, an area with a mainly Indian population, 575 kilometres (350 miles) south-east of Lima. The Sendero began its offensive in 1980 when it firebombed a polling booth in Ayachuco. The government responded by introducing a number of emergency measures, which included deploying around 10,000 soldiers to seek out of rebels. Between May 17 and 19, newsman accompanied the security forces on a patrol of the area. They visited the village of Sachabamba, about 65 kilometres (40 miles) from Ayacucho where they found evidence of fighting, including bullet holes in walls. However, the local police chief, Colonel Mellet said in an interview that reports of fighting between the rebels and government forces had been grossly exaggerated by the press and added he knew no trouble in the area. In addition to carrying out acts of sabotage, the group has used other tactics to further its campaign. These included kidnapping a prominent journalist, Senor Ipido Vargas, who was later released. Observers say the rebels have recently stepped up their activities in Lima. They suggest pressure from army operations may have driven rebel leaders to seek safety in the city's slums. Since last December members of Sendero Luminoso have also been active in the north-eastern province of Huanoco. Seven police officers were killed within a month during attacks on two police stations. In response, the government sent special "anti-subversion" commandos into the area. On May
    15 and 16 commandos searched the town of Primavera, near Tingo Maria. Villagers were questioned and some detained. On the same day, rebels seized control of a radio station in Aucayaccu, 40 kilometres (25 miles) away and read a statement calling for armed struggle against the government.

    Source: CHANNEL NINE, PERU,/MAURICIO ORTIZ

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8P0PT3FR4A3FODTIKFV3AB7FJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA8P0PT3FR4A3FODTIKFV3AB7FJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/05/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:54:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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