Peruvians resist the coup d’ etat

Peru’s Castillo from prison: “I have not and will not resign”

Dec 13, 2022

The struggle for government in Peru is continuing. After the impeachment of President Pedro Castillo by the country’s Congress, Castillo’s supporters took to the streets. Protests erupted in different cities of the country.

Protesters occupied Andahuaylas airport in the south of the country. Mine workers have been marching from southern parts of the country towards the capital Lima, where protesters had already occupied streets and squares. At least 6 people are reported to have died.

Incumbent President Dina Boluarte meanwhile announced to present a proposal to the Congress, which would organize elections earlier than scheduled. Boluarte’s proposal is to held these in April 2024.

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As resistance to coup continues, Peru’s judiciary extends detention of Pedro Castillo by 18 months

Dec 18, 2022

The judiciary of Peru on Thursday, December 15, extended the preventive detention of former left-wing President Pedro Castillo to 18 months. The decision came as nationwide protests demanding Castillo’s immediate release and reinstatement entered a second week, and the death toll from the repression of protests rose to 21.

On Thursday, a judicial panel within the Supreme Court held a hearing to analyze the request made by the Prosecutor’s Office for the extension of Castillo’s pre-trial detention to 18 months. The judges accepted this request, citing the risk of flight by the deposed president. The day following Castillo’s illegal arrest, the government of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador reported that Castillo had requested political asylum in Mexico. Castillo’s lawyer Ítalo Diaz announced that he would appeal the ruling.

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Peru: It’s all written in the history

By Sergio Rodriguez Gelfenstein
Dec 19, 2022

The Peruvian political class has always possessed an intrinsic duplicity that characterizes and shapes it. Betrayal is in their genes since long gone times. The felony that is still part of their daily existence started already at the time of the conquest and colonization.

Francisco de Pizarro, the one who betrayed Atahualpa, was in turn outwitted by his henchman Diego de Almagro, the father. His son of the same name, was sold out in the same way by Cristóbal Vaca de Castro in 1541. Gonzalo Pizarro, brother of Francisco, went even so far as to rebel against the Spanish crown that sheltered him, developing a 4-year war against his own monarchs.

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