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Results of Criminal Organizations Database Search: Tupac Katari Guerrilla Army
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Tupac Katari Guerrilla Army #CR0000744 (Also... Some alternate names are aliases, other are names for specific subgroups or cells). EGTK Source: CIA, Interpol, MI-6 Type: Political terrorist organization. Scope: Bolivia's most recent terrorist organization, carrying out small, frequent operations throughout Bolivia. Affiliations: None known. Personnel: Fewer than 100. Operating Since: 1988 Structure: Scattered cells of operatives, numbering between eight and ten members. [Interpol] Leaders: Felipe Quispe [#LL5486231] (Leader) arrested in 1992. Current leadership unknown. Legitimate Connections: None. Resources: 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. Additional Commentary: 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.