Since December 7, 2022, the illegitimate, US-backed government of Dina Boluarte has unleashed a wave of deadly violence against the Peruvian people, who have taken to the streets to demand her resignation, the release of President Pedro Castillo and the drafting of a new constitution by and for the people. Under her leadership, over seventy people have been killed, thousands have been injured and many have been disappeared by the Boluarte’s armed forces. Most countries in Latin America have openly denounced her government’s violence but the U.S. continues to tacitly support it going as far as inviting Peru’s foreign minister to meet with members of Congress and business representatives in Washington. The U.S. government’s unwillingness to strongly condemn Buluarte’s violence sends a clear message that it prioritizes political and economic interests in the country over the livelihoods and demands of the Peruvian people.
Just as people have taken to the streets throughout the different regions of Peru, solidarity actions throughout the world have been popping up too. In D.C. CODEPINK's Latin America team co-organized solidarity actions along with local Peruvian organizations and solidarity peace groups. We held a press conference outside the Peruvian embassy, and a vigil and protest outside the White House on Saturday, February 4th. We have also visited the offices of members of Congress to demand the cutting of all military aid and assistance to the coup government.
Almost 100 Peruvians and allies participated in the vigil outside of the White House, bringing song, dance and testimonies. Chants, such as “resign Boluarte, the people don’t want you” and “Dina assassin” were sung loud and clear. As the U.S. government has turned its back on the Peruvian people, our solidarity must be stronger than ever.
Teri had the opportunity to interview Anahi Durand, a sociologist, former Minister of Women & Vulnerable Populations for the Castillo Presidency and founder of Mujeres por Una Nueva Constitución (Women for a New Constitution) and Eliana Carlin, a Peruvian political scientist, lecturer and researcher. She is also the Co-founder of Heroinas Peruanas and No a Keiko (Peruvian Heroines and No to Keiko). Watch her full episode to learn more about the ongoing situation in Peru.
Meeting with members of Congress
“Just like the Peruvian elite, the U.S. has interests too. They have military bases and mercenaries. The weapons currently used to repress the people in Peru are from the U.S. and we know this not because of the mainstream media but because of alternative media that tells us the truth” Peruvian activist,Patricia Carbajal when asked what role the U.S. government has played in this legislative coup.
Protest and Press conference outside the Peruvian embassy
Protest and vigil outside the White House