This chapter examines the re-emergence of the politics of abandon in Ayacucho, Peru, in 1978. It suggests that General Juan Velasco Alvarado's ouster and the military government's decision to transition Peru back to civilian government marked the resumption of the politics of abandon for Carhuanca. It explains that departmental and national authorities decided to concede to the increasingly dire protests of citizens in Carhuanca and other eastern Cangallo districts during the remaining years of the 1970s. This chapter also discusses the involvement of locals with the Shining Path and the civil war waged by the party which ended with the capture of its leader Abimael Guzmán in 1992.
Keywords: politics of abandon, Ayacucho, Peru, Juan Velasco Alvarado, Carhuanca, Shining Path, Abimael Guzmán, civil war