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Specters of RevolutionPeasant Guerrillas in the Cold War Mexican Countryside$
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Alexander Avina

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199936571

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199936571.001.0001

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A Poor People’s Revolution

A Poor People’s Revolution

(p.137) 6 A Poor People’s Revolution
Specters of Revolution

Alexander Aviña

Oxford University Press

Chapter 6 follows Lucio Cabañas in his organization of a separate peasant guerrilla army in the mountain ranges of Guerrero from 1967 to 1974 and the launching of a “revolution of the poor.” The Party of the Poor (PDLP) insurgency constituted the most serious armed rural threat in decades to the PRI because of its ability to organize a widespread base of popular support, leading the ruling regime to unleash a widespread “Dirty War” that violently targeted suspected PDLP civilian supporters and rural communities. Counterinsurgent terror unleashed by the military—in the form of rape, torture, disappearances, extrajudicial executions, and the use of “death flights”—defeated the popularly backed PDLP insurgency.

Keywords:   Lucio Cabañas, PDLP, counterinsurgency, terror, popular support, guerrillas, Dirty War

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