Peru: Between Repression and “Signs” from Washington

By Elson Concepción Pérez on February 1, 2023

photo: Prensa Latina

During a whirlwind visit to Washington, the current Peruvian Foreign Minister, Cecilia Gervasi, found a constant among her hosts, the officials of Joe Biden’s administration and the US Congress that there is a “commitment of the United States to support democratic institutions in Peru”.

This could be the “sign” of support that President Dina Boluarte needed to find a solution, and direction, to what is happening in her country.

A few days before, also from its lair in the U.S. capital, the Organization of American States (OAS) had expressed its “concern” for the excessive use of force against demonstrators in that nation.

Coincidentally, while Gervasi was in Washington the number of Peruvian civilians killed by police exceeded 60, while the number of wounded is over one hundred.

What a shame that the Biden administration confuses “democratic institutionality” with repression, death, coup d’état and all that is happening in the Andean nation! What a pity, likewise, that the “concern” of the OAS is expressed ten days after Peru suffers the loss of its children and the mutilation of its democracy!

Who can explain to Peruvians, and moreover to the people of Latin American, what the OAS is for, the same institution that exactly 61 years ago expelled Cuba from that ministry of colonies?

Now, while the positions of Washington are being argued, once again, in Lima, where the blood of the people protesting in the streets is being shed, the Congress rejected, for the third time, the advancement of the general elections. The resignation of President Dina Boluarte and the dissolution of Congress itself are not being accepted there either.

The toxic and destabilizing environment is nothing new in a Peru that holds a top place in terms of governmental instability, with six presidents passing through the supposed office of “governing” in only six years.

Source: Granma, translation Resumen Latinoamericano – US