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Massive Protests in Peru Against ‘Legislative Coup’ That Ousted President Martín Vizcarra

“All of Peru is fired up, we’re all very angry,” said one protester. 

byKenny Stancil,

Demonstrators hold signs saying "Merino is not my president" during a protest against newly appointed interim president Manuel Merino on November 12, 2020 in Lima, Peru. Merino, who was head of National Congress, replaced President Martín Vizcarra after he was ousted by lawmakers over allegations of corruption. (Photo: Renzo Salazar/Getty Images)

Demonstrators hold signs saying “Merino is not my president” during a protest against newly appointed interim president Manuel Merino on November 12, 2020 in Lima, Peru. Merino, who was head of National Congress, replaced President Martín Vizcarra after he was ousted by lawmakers over allegations of corruption. (Photo: Renzo Salazar/Getty Images)

Thousands of Peruvians have taken to the streets this week to protest the interim government of newly appointed President Manuel Merino, a member of Peru’s center-right Popular Action Party who as head of Congress played a key role in ousting his predecessor, Martín Vizcarra, in what critics are calling a “legislative coup.”

As The Washington Post reported earlier this week, the removal of Vizcarra on Monday was “based on still-unproven bribery allegations,” which critics called “a congressional coup staged by Machiavellian legislators desperate to halt his anti-corruption and political reform campaigns.”

While Vizcarra is no leftist like Bolivia’s Evo Morales, his popular anti-corruption efforts jeopardized legislators’ “pocketbooks and threatened to end many of their political careers,” the Post noted. 

The Guardian reported earlier this week that a previous attempt to oust Vizcarra in September “failed to get enough votes,” but this week’s impeachment trial unfolded “as Peru is reeling from one of the world’s worst coronavirus outbreaks, which has left its economy in recession and caused mass unemployment.”

To help answer the question, “What’s going on in Peru?” researcher and analyst David Griscom appeared Friday on The Michael Brooks Show and offered this snapshot of the situation:

Since Vizcarra was forced out, protesters have clashed with police forces that teleSUR reported are increasingly violent toward citizens. 

According to the Guardian, at least 11 people, including journalists, have been wounded as of Friday, some from rubber bullets. 

“The clashes, and other more peaceful protests in the capital Lima and other cities,” the news outlet reported, “are piling pressure on a fragmented Congress” as well as Merino, who was inaugurated on Tuesday under circumstances that the vast majority of the country considers illegitimate. 

José Vega, a protester in Lima, told the Guardian that “all of Peru is fired up, we’re all very angry.”

“They treat us poorly,” he continued. “We’ve only come to protest against injustice … We are all feeling pain.”

“We’re in the streets spontaneously and peacefully defending Peruvian democracy from an abuse by Congress,” Gino Costa, a lawmaker from the progressive Morado party who joined Thursday’s protests, told the Guardian.

Vega added: “I’m saying to everyone, let’s not give up.”

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Peru: Poor People Undertake Exodus to Their Home Towns

Travelers rest on the Ramiro Priale road, Lima, Peru, April 20, 2020.

Lack of employment and income makes it difficult for informal workers to survive in big cities.

Hundreds of Peruvians Friday continue to leave Lima city on foot towards their home towns after they ran out of resources during the quarantine.

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After Peru’s President Martin Vizcarra decreed the cessation of activities on April 12, many citizens were left without jobs and income to survive.

In a city with millions of inhabitants like Lima, the quarantine has been forcing street vendors and other informal workers to search for alternative ways of living in other territories.

Among them are rural areas where housing and food costs are more affordable. On April 22, for example, over 200 people started a 613-mile trek back to Piura. 

Many of them are still waiting for the Peruvian government to help them with some form of transportation.

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The same type of exodus happens in Cusco where about 20,000 people want to leave this city, as the local government web page registered.

The Ministers’ Council President Vicente Zeballos stated that 3,579 citizens, who were tested for COVID-19 before leaving Lima, have already returned to 10 different interior regions.

This exodus could cause, however, a massive spread of the virus because of crowding and lack of hygiene among travelers.

So far, Peru registers 20,914 COVID-19 cases, 572 deaths, and 7,422 recoveries​​​​​​​. ​​​​

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Will Policy of Destabilizing Latin American Countries Help Trump to be Re-Elected?

By Paul Antonopoulos

Global Research,

As the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election campaign heats up, there is every chance that Donald Trump can become a one-term president as the popularity of Bernie Sanders increases despite the sabotage within his own Democrat Party against him. There still remains a strong possibility that Sanders can become the next president sitting in the White House. Sanders continues to grow mass appeal, with former Trump White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon even conceding last month that the Democrat candidate is a “populist,” even if it is different to that of Trump’s. Sanders appeals to the impoverished by directing the frustrations of Middle America to the ultrarich who are fighting tooth and nail to bring the U.S. to Western standards by providing free education and healthcare. This is in contrasts to Trump’s populism which redirects anger of Middle America’s increasing impoverishment to the so-called immigrant “invasion” coming from Latin America.

One of Trump’s main platforms for his seemingly ‘unlikely’ election win, as many so-called experts thought of it back in 2016, was to build a wall traversing the border between the U.S. and Mexico to make it even more difficult for illegal immigrants to enter the North American country. All the slurs and accusations of racism were not able to subdue Trump’s fever as many in Middle America believed they finally found a candidate that spoke their language, addressed their issues and provided a solution to the so-called problem of illegal immigrants “invading” their country. Trump of course knows that illegal immigrants are not the reason for the U.S. problems of de-industrialization, lack of job opportunities, unaffordability and poverty – but it was this rhetoric that projected him into what was an unexpected win for the presidency against Hillary Clinton.

With Sanders speaking of a new populism, not based on a so-called invasion from immigrants, but actually addressing the real issues of the U.S. political and economic system, it is likely that Trump will resort back to the fear of Latin American illegal immigrants to project him to the presidency. This of course may not be necessary in the likely case that the Democrats ignore the popularity of Sanders to go for a Hillary Clinton-like hack and establishment pawn like Joe Biden who will prove unpopular against Trump. None-the-less, Trump will not take chances and will begin using the refugee card, frightening U.S. voters with the threat of new flows coming from Venezuela, Bolivia, Honduras, Mexico and other countries.Trump’s Win Wasn’t Ideological. It Was Brilliant

Meanwhile the world’s focus right now is on the Greek-Turkish border where tens of thousands of illegal immigrants are trying to enter Greece on the orders of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, with a high level of international solidarity going to the European country. However, there are stark differences between the migration crisis between the U.S. and Greece. Greece is an impoverished post-colonial country that was under Turkish occupation for over 400 years and does not have the means to support such large numbers.

Nor is Greece the reason for this migrant crisis as it had not invaded Afghanistan, where the majority of illegal migrants come from despite the incorrect reporting that they are Syrian, nor did Greece invade or apply economic sanctions on Pakistan, Iran, North Africa and Syria where the other illegal migrants are from. In the case of Latin America though, the U.S. is the key country in destabilizing the region and therefore has a responsibility to attend to the refugees that itself created. Although many in Middle America are impoverished, this is a result of their own leaderships economic policies, and rather the U.S. is the world’s richest country and has the means and capabilities of dealing with Latin American migrants it creates.

Non-the-less, as the so-called “invasion” of illegal immigrants has drastically decreased, Trump will be wanting to desperately destabilize Latin American countries to create an atmosphere of fear in the U.S. ahead of the presidential election to show voters that he is their only and sole defender whom they must elect in order to secure their future and safety. It worked in 2016 and he will be betting for it to work again later this year. Trump has already mentioned he has some kind of intentions of doing this during an address to the Latino Coalition Legislative Summit only yesterday.

“We’re with Venezuela all the way, and we’re doing a lot, and we have a lot planned,” said Trump, adding that

“the tragedy in Venezuela is a reminder that socialism and communism bring misery and heartache everywhere they’re tried,” prompting a cry of “gracias” from a member of the audience.

Trump has consistently applied devastating sanctions on Venezuela in an effort to force the removal of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and in support of wannabe president Juan Guaidó.

However, these sanctions have had such a devastating effect on the Venezuelan economy that it has prompted many people from the country to seek a better life in the U.S. Trump has not hidden away from the fact that he has “a lot planned” for Venezuela, which only guarantees further misery in the country. Unlike Greece, the U.S. prompts illegal migration by destroying the very countries that these people come from. Not only does this destruction serve U.S. corporate interests in these countries, it will also serve Trump’s re-election campaign as there is a strong likelihood that a new immigration crisis will appear at the borders between Mexico and the U.S.

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From Monroe to Trump. US Sponsored Military Coups in Latin America

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Video: Syrian Armed Forces Teach ‘2nd Strongest NATO Army’ Painful Lesson in Idlib

By South Front,

Units of the Russian Military Police entered the town of Saraqib in eastern Idlib following the second liberation of the town from al-Qaeda terrorists and Turkish forces. According to the Russian military, the deployment took place at 5:00pm local time on March 2 and was intended to provide security and allow traffic through the M4 and M5 highways. In fact, the Russians came to put an end to Turkish attempts to capture the town and cut off the M5 highway in this area.

From Monroe to Trump. US Sponsored Military Coups in Latin America

By Elson Concepción Pérez,

The latest threat to Venezuela of a possible military intervention, the recent coup in Bolivia under the auspices of the Organization of American States (OAS), the tightening of the blockade of Cuba, destabilization in Nicaragua, and open interference in the internal affairs of countries in the region, where democratic governments have set the standards for development and sovereignty, do not come as a surprise.

The US-Taliban ‘Peace Deal’? Imperial State Criminality and Terrorism, Dr. Aafia Siddiqui and “Restorative Justice”

By Junaid S. Ahmad,

The US/NATO war and occupation of Afghanistan offers a glaring case of what US Senator Fulbright (yes, the one who started the Fulbright program of scholarships and exchanges) called the ‘arrogance of power’ (of his country), his book being of the same title. The wealthiest and most powerful nation in the history of the world, with a war machine on steroids, invading and occupying for nearly two decades one of the poorest countries on the planet – and one which had already undergone two decades of uninterrupted internecine war in the prior two decades.

Keep It Simple and Question: Propaganda, Technology, and Coronavirus COVID-19

By Edward Curtin,

Two of the major problems the world faces – world destruction with nuclear weapons and the poisoning of the earth’s ecology and atmosphere – are the result of the marriage of science and technique that has given birth to the technological “babies” (Little Boy and Fat Man) that were used by the U.S. to massacre hundreds of thousands of Japanese and now threaten to incinerate everyone, and the chemical and toxic inventions that have despoiled the earth, air, and water and continue to kill people worldwide through America’s endless war-making and industrial applications.

Turkey in Syria: Down a Blind Alley in an Unwinnable War?

By Tony Cartalucci,

Turkey had been making some promising steps in the right direction since Washington’s disastrous proxy regime-change war in Syria began unraveling – yet it still maintains a problematic position inside Syrian territory, backing what are unequivocally terrorists and obstructing Syria’s sovereign right to recover and restore order within its own borders.

The latest and most dangerous manifestation of this untenable policy is the increasingly frequent and fierce clashes between Turkish forces occupying Syrian territory and Syrian forces themselves moving deeper into the northern Syrian governorate of Idlib.

Neoliberal Globalization Is Pushing Humanity “Towards the Edge”

By Shane Quinn,

There have been a number of harmful consequences as a result of the neoliberal era, which emerged in the late 1970s, taking off during the tenures of Ronald Reagan (US president, 1981-1989) and Margaret Thatcher (British prime minister, 1979-1990). There has been an explosion of private power, splintering of societies, destabilization of the financial system, and so on.

Neoliberal globalization has been an important factor too in political parties shifting further to the right, and succumbing to the power of increasingly dominant multinational corporations. This is most notable in America where the Republican Party (or organization) has moved so far off the spectrum that traditional republicans from previous decades would hardly recognize it today.

Why Are Stocks Crashing?

By Mike Whitney,

Uncertainty. It’s impossible for investors to gauge the economic impact of the rapidly-spreading coronavirus or its effect on stock prices. Investors buy stocks with the expectation that their investment will grow over time. In periods of crisis, when the environment becomes unfamiliar and opaque, expectations are crushed under the weigh of uncertainty. When expectations dampen, investors sell.

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Fascism on the March in Latin America

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In a few years Latin America, that struggled for 15 -20 years to become independent from the fascist masters of the north – has been reabsorbed into the northern elite’s, the empire’s backyard — yes, indeed, that’s what Latin America has become for the major part, a mere backyard of Washington.

And this despite the fact that 99.99% of the population want nothing to do with fascism – so where is the fraud? Why is nobody investigating the fraud – putting it up for everyone to see?

In the meantime we have learned about Cambridge / Oxford Analytica. How they operate and cheat the electorate. They themselves have finally admitted to the methods in which they influence voters with lies – and with buying from social media, mainly facebook, millions and millions of personal data to target electronically special groups of people – bombarding them with lies to promote or denigrate the one or the other candidate; they even admitted it…

And precisely this happened in Brazil. A week before the run-off election that took place yesterday, Fernando Haddad (PT), launched a criminal investigation precisely for that reason against Boslonaro’s campaign. Of course nothing happened. All the judges, courts are under control of the unelected corrupt right-wing Temer Government.

And now – there is nobody investigating what happened? The left is dead? Flabbergasted into oblivion — indeed?

How come? With all the lessons around the world, and not last in Argentina, the neighbor – why can the left be so blind, outright naive, as to not understand that following the criminally legalized system in their country is following the path to their own demise and eventually to shovel their own grave?
Wake up – LEFT!

Today, its the mainstream media which have learned the tricks and perfected the Cambridge and Oxford Analyticas; they are doing it non-stop. They have all the fake and fiat money in the world to pay for these false and deceit-campaigns – they are owned by the corporate military and financial elite, by the CIA, MI6, Mossad – they are owned and directed by the western all-overarching neoliberalism cum fascism – and the rich elite groups have free access to the fake money supply – its government supplied in the US as well as in Europe; debt is no problem for them, as long as they ‘behave’.

The first example for what was to happen throughout Latin America was the “fake election” of Macri, in 2015 in Argentina. A few of us saw it coming and wrote about it. We were ignored, even laughed at – we didn’t understand the democratic process….

There are only a few, very few exceptions left in Latin America.

And lets do whatever we can to safe them from fascism.

The solutions are not in weapons, but in the economy…

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Dictator who sterilized 300,000 women: ‘I Dream of a Peru Without Resentment’

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Recently pardoned Peruvian dictator Alberto Fujimori, freshly discharged from hospital and living in a luxury mansion, has shared his aspirations for a “Peru without resentment.”

The controversial figure is linked to commanding death squads that carried out disappearances and extrajudicial killings in the war against insurgent groups Shining Path and the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement, which claimed at least 70,000 lives.

Fujimori, now 79, also directed the forced sterilization of approximately 300,000 mostly Indigenous women between 1996 and 2000.

He was detained in Chile in 2005 and sentenced in 2009 to 25 years in prison for several crimes, including premeditated murder and kidnapping.

Last week he was discharged from the Centenario clinic, where he had been hospitalized since December 23, just 12 days after being pardoned by President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski in a controversial move that prompted several cabinet ministers to resign in protest.

Safely ensconced in a US$5,000-a-month mansion in one of Lima’s most exclusive residential districts, Fujimori – now a free man – took to his Twitter account on Saturday to describe the “new phase” of his life.

“In the first hours of this new phase of my life, I would like to share the dreams that constantly invade me,” he posted. “I dream of a Peru without resentment, with everybody working for a superior objective.”

Responding, Fujimori’s supporters said his critics are “blinded by hate” and should learn to forgive and move forward to build a better country.

But others were less forgiving. “Accept responsibility for your cimes, ask the victims for forgiveness, ask the whole nation for forgiveness for running away like a criminal, return the stolen money and then we could talk about it,” posted one Twitter user.

Fujimori’s pardon is believed to be part of a political agreement between his party Popular Force and current President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski.

Protests erupted following Fujimori’s pardon, with widespread calls for it to be rescinded.

Last month a group of 239 renowned Peruvian writers, led by Nobel Prize-winner Mario Vargas Llosa, signed an open letter saying: “Fujimori was convicted of human rights violations and corruption.

“He was responsible for a coup d’état as well as the dismantling of our institutions. His pardon demonstrates the lack of appreciation for the dignity and equality before the law, and the right to memory.”

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