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Latin America (From Terrorism Today: The Past, the Players, the Future, P 249-272, 2000, Clifford E. Simonsen, Jeremy R. Spindlove, -- See NCJ-191035)

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Clifford E. Simonsen; Jeremy R. Spindlove
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24 pages
This chapter examined the Latin American countries suffering from state terrorism, exploring those specific conditions, tactics, and distinctive characteristics of terrorism.
The experience of terrorism among the Central and South American countries are seen as having significant differences from those activities found in countries in Western Europe and the Middle East. Many Latin states have suffered from what was described as state terrorism with death squads brought in by extreme right wing authoritarian governments. This chapter begins with the most prominent terror movements in Central America, from their developmental stages after the Mexican Revolution of 1910, and the changes in typical terror tactics in South America. The chapter discussed the drug dealings by Columbian, Mexican, and other cartels and the oppressive regimes in Uruguay, El Salvador, Argentina, and others. In addition, it explored the atrocities associated with Latin American death squads, as well as the conditions, tactics, and characteristics of terrorism. Other countries discussed included: Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, and Venezuela. 22 endnotes