The southern highland region of Apurímac is no stranger to protest. Apurímac, with 21, is currently second only to Ancash (24) for the region with most social conflicts in Peru, out of a national total of 211 (active and latent). But nothing has grabbed the attention here quite like the murder of a local mayor and large-scale protests against a State electricity distributor since a revolt in the regional capital of Andahuaylas in January 2005 led by President Humala’s brother Antauro, whose raid on a police station claimed seven lives and saw him sentenced to 25 years in prison.

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