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Néstor Paz Zamora was representative of the restless sectors of the urban middle class that founded or joined leftist parties and the armed struggle. His brother, Jaime Paz Zamora, would found the Revolutionary Left Movement (mir) and later go on to become president in 1989. A former seminarian, Néstor had first established ties with the National Liberation Army (eln), in the late 1960s, and then enlisted in the guerrilla movement of Teoponte, in 1970, taking the nom de guerre “Francisco,” after the radical mendicant from Assisi who had rejected all worldly and ecclesiastical comforts. The Teoponte...

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