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5 October 1996

"Long Guns of the Burritos"

The tubular form of the burrito makes them an ideal cover for smuggling sections of gun barrels. Just ask the villagers of El Veridad. During the revolution the peasants smuggled gun barrels--each section wrapped like a burrito-- up the hill past the state militia. They claimed it was for the feast of St. Frida, which should have been a giveaway.

The conscripted soldiers never knew what hit them until it hit them. Pedro Escondilla's "Long Guns of the Burritos" wreaked havoc upon the government's position in San Marten, generally regarded by military strategists as a crucial turning point in the revolution.

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