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The Tupamaros and Uruguay

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Because Uruguayan society was so peaceful, the Army and Police were very small. In 1968 there were only about 12,000 men in the armed forces and fewer than 22,000 police to keep order in a population of about 3 million. A slump in the demand for wool and meat, Uruguay?s two principal exports, after the Korean War brought mass unemployment, inflation, and a steep drop in the standard of living...
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the social tensions this produced, along with the corruption of the overblown state bureaucracy (one in five working Uruguayans was employed by the federal government in some fashion), gave the impulse for an effective urban guerrilla movement to emerge. This revolutionary group?s official name was Movimento de Liberacion National but was popularly known as the Tupamaros (from Tupac Amaru, last member of the Inca royal family, murdered by the Spanish in 1571)...
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