Peru’s “Place of Memory” Set to Unveil History

By Paige, Nicaragua, September 2011

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The upscale Lima neighborhood of Miraflores is today known for its fine cuisine, trendy nightlife, eye-catching architecture, and appealingly rocky coastline. In July 1992, however, the posh hotspot made international headlines because of the Tarata bombing, when truck bombs detonated by the Shining Path—Maoist guerrillas or simply terrorists, depending on your source—killed 24 people, seriously wounded 200, and gutted the neighborhood.

The bombing ushered in a federal crackdown on left-wing activity across Peru, spearheaded by former President Alberto Fujimori. Today, though lauded in some circles for his successful efforts, he is serving time for human rights violations committed during that period—including massacres perpetrated by his notorious anti-communist paramilitary force, the Grupo Colina.

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