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Peruvian Shining Path members arrested in Bolivia

Police in Bolivia arrested four Peruvian members of the Shining Path guerrillas on Monday for distributing pamphlets against the leftist government of President Evo Morales, an official said.

world Updated: Aug 04, 2011 01:43 IST

Police in Bolivia arrested four Peruvian members of the Shining Path guerrillas on Monday for distributing pamphlets against the leftist government of President Evo Morales, an official said.

"These four individuals were arrested while distributing materials relating to the national government," said police chief Roberto Campos at a press conference in the Andean city of El Alto, near La Paz.

The police chief, who presented the four detainees, said the pamphlets warned Bolivians to say no to higher fuel prices and embrace Marxism, Leninism and Maoism.

They used the term "gasolinazo" to refer to President Morales' intention to raise fuel prices at an undetermined date.

Interior minister Sacha Llorenti said three of the detainees could possibly be deported to Peru, while the fourth has political refugee status and will meet with the National Council for Refugees Bolivia (CONARE) on Tuesday to assess his situation.

Some 70,000 people were killed between 1980 and 2000 as the Peruvian government crushed the Shining Path and a rival leftist guerrilla group, the Tupac Amaru movement, according to Peru's independent Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

The Shining Path is a militant Maoist organization that carried out terror attacks across Peru in the 1980s and 1990s, with the goal of replacing what it saw as bourgeois democracy with "new democracy."

The group however has withered since the capture of its leader Abimael Guzman in 1992 and a fierce crackdown by then-president Alberto Fujimori.