History::¡Alfaro Vive, Carajo!


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History AVC first received national attention in 1983, when it broke into a museum and stole swords which had been used by Eloy Alfaro. Some of the group's leaders were thought to be affiliated with Cuba, Libya and Nicaragua, and the group itself was linked to militant groups from other Latin-American countries, such as the M-19<ref name= cd /> and the Túpac Amaru Revolutionary Movement. From 1986-1987, AVC carried out several kidnappings, robbed banks and a factory, took over a number of radio stations in order to broadcast their manifesto, and killed four police officers while retrieving a group member from police custody.<ref name=cd />

In response to this activity, the government began carrying out raids against the group. By 1987, a large number of AVC's leaders and members had either been killed or arrested.<ref name=cd>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> In 1989, the government of Ecuador reached an agreement with AVC, with the group agreeing to end its violence.<ref name=cs /><ref name=cd /> In 1991, the group officially reformed as a legitimate political party. One year later, eight group members made an illegal, but non-violent entry into the British Embassy in Quito, demanding the release of a group leader who was then imprisoned by the Ecuadorian government.

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