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More than a dozen countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have condemned the coup in Peru and backed democratically elected President Pedro Castillo.
Meanwhile, the US government has staunchly supported the coup regime, which has suspended civil liberties, imprisoned Castillo for 18 months without trial, and unleashed extreme violence on Peruvian protesters, killing dozens and wounding hundreds.
At least 14 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have publicly expressed support for Peru’s President Castillo, including:
- Mexico (the second-most populous country in Latin America)
- Colombia (the third-most populous country)
- Argentina (the fourth-most populous)
- Venezuela (the sixth-most populous)
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
On the other side, Peru’s unelected coup regime has the strong support of the United States and Canada, as well as Brazil’s far-right Jair Bolsonaro administration and the right-wing governments in Ecuador, Uruguay, and Costa Rica.
Chile, led by liberal President Gabriel Boric, is the only country with an ostensibly left-of-center government that has joined the US and the region’s right wing in backing the coup in Peru.
Peru’s coup regime also has the support of Washington’s Organization of American States (OAS), which acts as an instrument of US foreign policy.
Peru’s US-backed coup regime imposes brutal authoritarian rule, bringing back elements of Fujimori dictatorship
Since Castillo was overthrown in the December 7 coup, Peru’s unelected de facto leader Dina Boluarte has cracked down harshly, sending the military and police to kill protesters.
State security services have raided the offices of social movements, labor unions, and left-wing political parties and arrested their leaders, targeting the Campesino Confederation of Peru, the Peruvian Socialist Party, and the leftist party Nuevo Perú.
Numerous activists have reported that the coup regime is planting weapons and other materials in order to falsely accuse protesters of “terrorism.”
This witness at Peru's Peasant Confederation says police raided their office, detained them, and planted weapons and other materials that do not belong to them
Peru's coup regime and oligarch-controlled media are trying to frame protesters as "terrorists"https://t.co/am8L9ztYiY
— Ben Norton (@BenjaminNorton) December 17, 2022
Peru’s US-backed coup regime has also brought back war criminals who worked in the far-right dictatorship of Alberto Fujimori in the 1990s.
The man appointed chief of Peru’s notorious National Directorate of Intelligence (DINI), Juan Carlos Liendo O’Connor, previously served in the feared National Intelligence Service (SIN) in the Fujimori dictatorship. Liendo O’Connor’s boss was sentenced to 35 years in prison for murdering and disappearing left-wing activists.
Today, Liendo O’Connor, the coup regime’s new intelligence chief, is borrowing the same tactics used by the Fujimorista dictatorship. He demonizes protesters as “terrorists,” thereby justifying the use of violence against them.
US State Department reiterates support for Peru’s violent coup regime
While Peru’s coup regime is killing protesters, suspending civil liberties, and bringing back war criminals from the Fujimori dictatorship, the United States is praising it for supposedly defending “democracy.”
Coup leader Boluarte held a friendly call with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on December 16. Her office boasted that he “reiterated the support of the United States.”
La presidenta de la república, @DinaErcilia Boluarte, dialogó telefónicamente con el Secretario de Estado de @LaCasaBlanca, @SecBlinken, quien le reiteró el respaldo de los Estados Unidos al gobierno que lidera. pic.twitter.com/dMn11CInxv
— Presidencia del Perú 🇵🇪 (@presidenciaperu) December 17, 2022
The State Department confirmed this call in a readout, stating, “The United States looks forward to working closely with President Boluarte on shared goals and values related to democracy, human rights, security, anti-corruption, and economic prosperity.”
Washington did not mention the dozens of protesters who have been killed and hundreds more who have been wounded by Boluarte’s unelected coup regime.
CIA agent turned State Department spokesman Ned Price said Washington spoke with the coup leader to “reinforce our partnership and emphasize U.S. support for a peaceful, democratic, and prosperous Peru.”
— Ned Price (@StateDeptSpox) December 18, 2022
14 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean condemn Peru’s US-backed coup regime
Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, and Bolivia published a joint statement supporting President Castillo, who they recognized was democratically elected by the people of Peru.
“For the world, it is not news that President Castillo Terrones, since the day of his election, was victim of anti-democratic harassment,” they wrote.
The government of Mexico’s left-wing President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) even announced a formal “pause” in its diplomatic relations with Peru’s unelected regime.
Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, and Bolivia released a joint statement supporting Peru’s elected President Pedro Castillo, saying he is victim of “anti-democratic harassment,” following a US-backed coup.
Gustavo Petro recognized it was a "parliamentary coup"https://t.co/pxyxM1hHpU
— Ben Norton (@BenjaminNorton) December 13, 2022
Colombia’s President Petro denounced the ouster of Castillo as a “parliamentary coup.” He added that the putsch is a warning for all elected left-wing leaders in Latin America.
Petro declared that “the Latin American oligarchy doesn’t want progressivism,” and “what they can’t win at the ballot box, they are trying to topple.”
Colombia’s President Gustavo Petro names some of the recent coups against democratically elected left-wing leaders in Latin America:
-Honduras in 2009
-Paraguay in 2012
-Brazil in 2016
-Bolivia in 2019
— Ben Norton (@BenjaminNorton) December 19, 2022
The Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA), the left-wing economic and political bloc that consists of 10 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, released a similar statement supporting Castillo.
“We reject the political trap created by the right-wing forces of that country against the Constitutional President Pedro Castillo, forcing him to take measures that were later used by his adversaries in parliament to oust him from office,” ALBA wrote.
“We repudiate the repression by the law enforcement agencies against the Peruvian people who are defending a government democratically elected at the polls,” they added.
ALBA members include Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, Bolivia, and the Caribbean nations of Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
The Bolivarian Alliance (ALBA) uniting nations in Latin America & the Caribbean met for its 18th annual summit
They condemned the coup in Peru against constitutional President Pedro Castillo and denounced the lawfare in Argentina against Cristina Kirchnerhttps://t.co/ATSeNzLB37
— Ben Norton (@BenjaminNorton) December 16, 2022
Honduras also emphasized its “energetic condemnation of the coup d’etat” against Peruvian President Castillo, stating that he represents the “sovereign will of the people.”
“Coups d’etat should not be carried out,” declared the left-wing Honduran government of President Xiomara Castro, who restored democracy in 2021 after 12 years of right-wing coup regimes sponsored by the United States.
Honduras stressed its “energetic condemnation of the coup d’etat” in Peru, saying elected President Castillo represents “the sovereign will of the people”
Honduras was also victim of a US-sponsored coup in 2009. It didn't restore democracy until late 2021https://t.co/QLB8YjNYrc
— Ben Norton (@BenjaminNorton) December 13, 2022
Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro made a powerful speech denouncing the coup in Peru, stating:
One sees what the Peruvian people are suffering. They elect a teacher, President Pedro Castillo, and since the first moment of the election, they don’t want to recognize his victory, they ignore the victory.
And at the end they were forced by reality to recognize his victory as president, and once he was sworn in on July 28, 2021, they begin to conspire to launch a parliamentary coup.
And so begins the attack and the wearing away, votes of condemnation against his ministers, permanent harassment.
They led him to the extreme of trying to dissolve the congress of Peru.
And all the circumstances that we have seen are the oligarchic elites who don’t allow a humble teacher to rise to the presidency of Peru and try to govern for the people.
Maduro said this is a message “that the extreme right is sending to the popular and progressive movements: ‘We are not going to let them govern.'”
— Cancillería Venezuela 🇻🇪 (@CancilleriaVE) December 9, 2022