Shining Path followers want to run for Peruvian Congress

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Shining Path Guzman’s followers want to run for Peruvian Congress
Abimael Guzmán, a.k.a. "Presidente Gonzalo," founder of Shining Path and sentenced to life.imprisonmentm still inspires followers who now want to participate in Peru’s politics because it’s not the time for "an armed struggle." (Photo: Internet)

The general secretary of the Amnesty and Fundamental Rights Movement (Movadef), Manuel Fajardo, said they will collect the amount of signatures required to register for next year’s general elections, reported El Comercio.

The Movadef is made up by Abimael Guzman’s followers and plan to gain seats in Peru’s Congress in 2011 after registering as a political party.

Guzmán, also known as "Presidente Gonzalo," is sentenced to life-imprisonment after being captured in 1992. He founded Shining Path in Ayacucho in the late 1970s.

Fajardo, who is also Guzmán’s attorney reaffirmed "the struggle of classes" and reiterated his support to Shining Path founder and leader’s ideas.

Movadef claims an amnesty for all members of Shining Path convicted of terrorism between 1980 and 2000, a "national reconciliation," and a "political solution" to the problems derived from the political violence.

Alfredo Crespo, also an attorney and usual speaker of Shining Path in the past, said that the application of Marxism, Leninism, and Maoism in Peruvian society still spearhead the movement.

He considered that "now is not the moment for an armed struggle," according to Guzmán’s ideological thoughts.

Both speakers dissociated their movement from the recent actions of "camarada Artemio," head of one of Shining Path’s remnants in Peru’s central jungle.

They denied any kind of bonds with Artemio’s faction as some politicians have suggested.

Fajardo accused the Peruvian government of orchestrating a campaign against them in order to prevent Movadef of participating in next year’s elections.

He said his movement would be interested in having talks with other left-oriented political parties, with whom they share similar ideas.

The groups he mentioned where the ultra-nationalist "etnocaceristas," leaded by the Peruvian Army ex-mayor Anturo Humala, currently convicted by the killing of six police members in 2005, as well as Movimiento Nueva Izquierda (MNI) and indigenous leader Alberto Pizango’s party.

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