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The following is the first of two or three articles I intend to write
for the List describing what I observed and learned during my recent
visit to Peru.

- Juan Fajardo


                             The PCP's Falling Star

The capture of Abimael Guzmán and the mounds of documents found along
with him allowed the police to capture the urban leadership of the PCP
and sunder its Metropolitan Committee and other important cadres
throughout the country.  Without a clear leader to assume the reins,
authority within the party passed to the remaining members of the
Committee, but as the last of the PCP's historic leadership to remain
alive and outside of jail Feliciano, it seems, assumed or was handed the
presidency of the CC.

 Shortly thereafter, most of the remaining members of the CC were
leaving Feliciano virtually in charge of keeping the party alive and of
directing the war.  That, however, was easier said than done.  First,
there was the need to repair the aura of invincibility and infallibility
which the party had manage to build over the years, something all the
more difficult by the task of attempting to continue with a political
and military line ("Gonzalo Thought") which was now being rejected by
its author (Abimael Guzmán). Secondly, there was the need to overcome
in the two-line struggle within the party over Guzmán's call for a peace
accord.   Thirdly, the need to reknit the party's network to allow it a
nationwide presence and its leaders to avoid capture.

The first of these was never accomplished and the PCP found itself
unable to fill the gaps inevitably left in its ranks by war and
desertions.  From a strictly mathematical point of view, that alone
made the PCP's project untenable in the long run.  As for the two-line
struggle, the collaboration of the authorities with the pro-accord
faction may have hampered the anti-accord faction's effort at first,
but eventually discredited the pro-accord faction and aided in its

As for the third, the PCP was only briefly able to regain a national
presence, but by the mid-1990's most of its mid-level organization had
been disbanded by captures and repression.  Furthermore, the peasantry's
armed self-defense units, in alliance with the military, drove the PCP
out of much of the south-central highlands.  That effectively left the
skeleton-crew Central Committee cut off from the party's base cadres and
supporters and these without the ability to receive orders or political
guidance.   Indeed, the party was effectively reduced to a force active
in the Huallaga Valley, led by one "Artemio", and the remnants of the
Central Committee, who, along with Feliciano --whom it was believed for
some time was hidden in the Sello de Oro base area in Ayacucho-- were
reduced to an itinerant life, constantly on the move and only one step
ahead of the police and army.

Eventually, Feliciano's time ran out and he was unable to take that one
step forward.    The PCP is now reduced to a single column operation
the Huallaga, supposedly led by Artemio, and the rest of the country is
entirely devoid of any PCP military activity.   Even vast swaths once
closed and under PCP control are fully traversable by land, day
or night, and not a single of the PCP's once ubiquitous posters and
painted slogans is to be seen anywhere.

To all effects and purposes, it can be said that the war is over.

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