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Peruvian Communist Party (Peru)

Partido Comunista de Perú — “Sendero Luminoso”

Last modified: 2021-08-25 by rob raeside
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PCP party flag
image by Jorge Candeias, 21 Mar 2003
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Seen yesterday in Euronews in a demonstration in Lima, Peru, this red flag with white "PCP" initials.
Jorge Candeias, 21 Mar 2003

The thing is that the Peruvian Communist Party split into several organizations, one of them the PCP-SL (Partido Comunista de Peru — Sendero Luminoso, = Peruvian Communist Party — Shinning Path). The group was an offshoot of the Communist Party of Peru — Bandera Roja (= red flag), which in turn split from the original Peruvian Communist Party in 1964. It never refers to itself as “Shining Path”, preferring to be called the Communist Party of Peru; the more familiar name comes from the maxim of José Carlos Mariátegui, founder of Peru’s first communist party: «El Marxismo-Leninismo abrirá el sendero luminoso hacia la revolución» (= «Marxism-Leninism will open the shining path to revolution»). For more on this group please refer to the following links: Tkb.ORG and WikiPedia.
Esteban Rivera, 09 Jan 2006

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Red flag with white "PCP" initials.
Jorge Candeias, 21 Mar 2003