A Brief Overview of Peru

Internal conflict in Peru began in 1980 between Peru’s government and various terrorist organizations and lasted well into the 1990’s. In 2000, the civil conflict ended when the Peruvian Congress installed Valentin Paniagua as President, and violence has since been largely reduced. Today, even though Peru is the second largest coca producer in the world, the local illegal drug production is declining. Only the Shining Path, a Maoist guerrilla-fighting part of the Communist Party of Peru, has resurged due to financial backing from both illegal logging and drug trafficking- but they do not threaten the government stability. However, they may attack both foreign multinationals and their security forces who venture into the remote regions of the Apurimac, Ene, and Mantaro River Valley (VRAEM). As of now, there is a dire need for our security services in Peru.

Coca Export

Peru began exporting coca and cocaine as early as the 1800’s. At that time, most of the product was sent to the United States legally. However, soon the United States made the drug illegal in the early 1900’s and compelled Peru to follow suit in 1948. From this, a new drug business running illegally was born which would focus on the northern Huallaga Valley.

War in 1980

The Shining Path, who began its war in 1980, is embroiled in Peru’s modern organized crime. While it has recently gained strength from the drug trade, many of their leaders have either died or been arrested which has, in turn, weakened it significantly. Now, it is believed that these rebels work in the VRAEM regions, assisting drug traffickers. After Florindo Eleuterio Flores was captured in 2012, otherwise known as “Comrade Artemis”, the Shining Path was pushed out of the Alto Huallaga region and they currently only remain in power in the VRAEM region of Peru.

Corruption & Political Conflicts

Today, Peru has more than 140,000 staff in the police force, which has remarkably militaristic characteristics due to the recent civil war. It is one of the largest forces in all of Latin America and incorporates land, air and water divisions. They even train commandos and Special Forces to maintain peace in every party of the country. Unfortunately, even this force is plagued by corruption. They are working to overcome a reputation heavy with abuses against human rights, which was acquired fighting the terrorists in the 1980’s and 1990’s.

Some leaders are said to still be loyal to Fujimori, a man currently imprisoned for corruption. Fujimori was in power between 1990 and 2000 and committed acts such as abolishing the Constitution, discharging the Peruvian Congress, and sending spies to fight the Shining Path. These spies committed such vicious acts such as the La Cantuta massacre, the Santa massacre, and the Barrios Altos massacre.

Security Services in Peru

Due to its history of conflict and violence, Black Mountain Solutions advocates planning any and all movement through the country of Peru well ahead of time. Working with Black Mountain Solutions, we will arrange a security plan that works for you and your needs, including inconspicuous vehicles driven or piloted by trained personnel and an escort of armed officers of protection to support your business’s affairs in Peru.

Email black Mountain Solutions today for a tailored quote for security services within Lima, Cuzco and surrounding locations. For booking and information about our security services in Peru contact us now.

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Black Mountain Solutions Ltd

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Security Director’s:

Freddie Ellis

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Gordon Wells

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