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The Peruvian Communist Party (PCP-SL), much better known as Sendero Luminoso ('Shining Path') was a maoist guerrilla organization in Peru. The parties origins could be drawn to the Andean department of Ayacucho, one of Peru's pooerest and uneducated areas, where ill even the 1950s landowners continued their serflike manner of therapy toward the natives presence. The escape their dismal lives, Ayacuchans turned toward education, migrating by the tens of thousands in their attempt to escape which existed for them back home. The Senderos claim that May 17 of 1980 was the start of the "People's War." The actions that sparked their new revolution happened on the eve of Peru's first presidential elections in seventeen decades, by which a group of youths broke into a city hall of Chusch, a tiny Andean town. There they stole voting lists and balloboxes and burned them in town center plaza. While the information of the action was lost in this time of presidential elections, the grous violent acts continued and grew in the form of explosions from bombs that was stolen from mines.2 nominal focus was given to the Senderos activities until their actions escalated softly the form of dead dogs suspended by traffic lights and lamp articles in the streets of Lima. This was initially move which forced Lima to see what was knowcking on their doorstep. While May 17th has been promised to be their very first official movement, the movement began earlier than that. It had been seeded in San Cristobal de Huamanga University, the only school of higher education over the region that had reopened its doors in 1959 (the university had beeen based in 1677, but was closed since 1885)..3 Together with the reopening of this University, the tiny Peruvian Communist Party (P.. .