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Tupac Katari

Tupac Katari , born Julian Apasa, was a leader in the rebellions of indigenous people in Bolivia in the early 1780s.

A member of the Aymara, Apasa took the name "Tupac Katari" to honor two rebel leaders: Tomas Katari, and Tupac Amaru II. He raised army of some 40,000 and laid siege to the city of La Paz in 1781. The siege was broken by colonial troops.

Katari laid siege again later in the year, this time joined by Andres Tupac Amaru, nephew of Tupac Amaru II. But Katari was again unsuccessful.

Despite his subsequent betrayal, defeat, torture, and execution (torn by his extremities into four pieces), Tupac Katari is remembered as a hero by modern indigenous movements in Bolivia, who call themselves kataristas. A Bolivian guerrilla group, the Tupac Katari Guerrilla Army, also bears his name.

See also

Tupac Amaru II

External links

tupackatari.org: Bolivian indigenous activist page (in Spanish) (link broken)

Boston Globe article on Bolivian politics, mentioning Tupac Katari.

Great Rebellion of Peru and Upper Peru by Nicholas A. Robins

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