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Results of Criminal Organizations Database Search: Tupac Katari Guerrilla Army
Tupac Katari Guerrilla Army #CR0000744
(Also... Some alternate names are aliases, other are names for specific subgroups or
Source: CIA, Interpol, MI-6
Type: Political terrorist organization.
Bolivia's most recent terrorist organization, carrying out small, frequent operations
Personnel: Fewer than 100.
Scattered cells of operatives, numbering between eight and ten members. [Interpol]
Felipe Quispe [#LL5486231] (Leader) arrested in 1992. Current leadership unknown.
Smallarms, explosives and some military equipment. The EGTK have ties to the Bolivian
military and intelligence organizations on minor levels giving them moderate support and
intelligence capabilities. [CIA]
Suspected Criminal Activity:
Since 1988, the EGTK has mounted several dozen attacks against Bolivian political
party offices and power pylons. The group stepped up activities in early and mid-1992 to
protest the commemoration of the 500th anniversary of Columbus' voyage to America. It
suffered a major blow in August 1992 when Felipe Quispe, its principal leader, was
captured by authorities, along with two of his senior lieutenants. During the first six
months of 1993, the EGTK engaged in minor, sporadic terrorism, mostly dynamite
attacks in rural, unprotected areas. Bolivian authorities appear to have largely
dismantled the EGTK, and no attacks have been reported since 1993. Its frequent
targets are small, unprotected targets, such as power pylons, oil pipelines, and
government offices. Has targeted Mormon churches with firebombings and attacked
USAID motorpool in 1993.
Bolivia's most recently active terrorist movement. EGTK operatives are primarily
Aymara-speaking Indians who pattern their movement after Peru's brutal Maoist
Shining Path [#CR]0003198. However, the group is not as violent as the SL. The
EGTK is one of several Bolivian "Katarist" Parties who trace their origin to Julian Apaza,
aka Tupac Katari, leader of an indigenous rebellion against Spanish rule in 1781. Most
of the Katarist parties favor political means to achieve power, but some, like the EGTK,
promote violence. The EGTK operate in Bolivia, primarily the Chapare region, near the
Peru border, and the Altiplano.
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