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Eusebio Tapia Aruni was one of three cousins from the same Aymara peasant community near Viacha who joined the guerrilla organization in Ñancahuazú in January 1967. A migrant worker in La Paz, he had become enthusiastic about the Communist Party in 1963: “I wanted the revolution to triumph so that the equality of rights and opportunities would arrive for all. I wanted to have what others had.” In 1966, he accepted, without really knowing what it would involve, “a very diffcult and delicate task, with the risk of losing one’s life.” Less prepared than other combatants and dedicated mainly to...

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