Revolutionary Organization of the People in Arms was one of the four groups of armed resistance during the Guatemalan Civil War. ORPA was started by local youth and university intellectuals in the mountains and the forests above the coffee estates, and began their campaign of violence in 1978. It was the last of the URNG rebel groups to officially disband in 1997, but in December 1998, a Central America Report article stated that there was speculation that an armed organization operating in the southern part of Quetzaltenango and calling itself the People's Rebel Front (FRP) may have been an ORPA splinter group.
Revolutionary Organization of People in Arms (ORPA) - Guatemala
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