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Felipe Quispe Huanca, born in an Aymara community on the banks of Lake Titicaca, started out in Aymara politics in the 1970s as a member of the Tupaj Katari Indian Movement (mitka), a radical indianista party that rejected class struggle for anticolonial struggle against non-Indian oppressors labeled q’aras. He gained notoriety in the late 1980s and early 1990s in what was first called the Red Offensive of the Tupaj Katari Ayllus and later the Tupaj Katari Guerrilla Army (egtk). State security forces quickly dismantled the guerrilla unit and jailed its members, which included the urban...

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