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Latin America rejects coup in Peru, while US supports unelected regime killing protesters

At least 14 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have condemned the coup in Peru, backing President Pedro Castillo. The unelected regime, which has killed dozens of protesters, has the staunch support of the US and the region’s right wing.
 
by Ben Norton 

Part 4 - 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.

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.”

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​​​.

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.

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.'

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