Interamerican Watch Newsletter – Issue 19

Interamerican Watch Newsletter

Inter-American Watch

Wednesday November 17th, 2021
(Casto Ocando, Editor)



Active social conflicts in Peru edge up

Active social conflicts in Peru grew for a third consecutive month in October when 148 such cases were registered, which also marked a monthly high for the year, according to the latest social conflicts report from the country’s ombudsman.


Military official close to President Castillo under investigation by the office of the Comptroller General

A team of investigators from the Comptroller General’s office began to gather information on the appointment and the functions at the Government Palace of Colonel Ciro Bocanegra Loayza, an official whose promotion to Brigadier General President Castillo tried to influence, according to El Comercio newspaper.
El Comercio, in Spanish:


Key Castillo’s ally wants to block prosecutors to know who put money into the president’s election campaign

By all means and no matter what it takes, Vladimir Cerrón, head of Peru Libre party and a key ally to president Pedro Castillo, wants to prevent the Peru Prosecutor’s Office from reviewing the information it has on its computers about the contributions to Pedro Castillo’s presidential campaign. Cerron’s lawyers want to suspend the extraction of information stored in the politician’s computers. Cerron is under investigation for presumed corruption in dealing with election money.
Peru21, in Spanish:


Peru is the country with the highest COVID death rate in the world

With 200,000 COVID deaths in a population of less than 33 million, the impact of the pandemic in Peru has been particularly devastating: the country has the highest COVID death rate per head of population worldwide.
The Conversation:


Peruvian Cardinal: “Pedro Castillo wasn’t prepared to be president”

Cardinal Pedro Barreto, Metropolitan Archbishop of Huancayo, has just pointed out that Pedro Castillo “was not prepared” to be elected head of state, however, he remarked, he has to “join forces” in order to help the authorities to move forward to the country.
Caretas, in Spanish:


Castillo’s government sets a 20-year record: a new minister every 11 days, so far

For at least 20 years, no other president has lost so many ministers in his first 110 days in office. If we expand the comparison to other current South American governments, there is no similar instability either. Specialists comment on the persistent fragility in Castillo’s team.
El Comercio, in Spanish:



Argentine populism and Chavismo: an explosive relationship

The relationship between the government of President Alberto Fernández and the Venezuelan narco-terrorist regime maintains the same levels of absurdity that Néstor Kirchner and Cristina Fernández once had, this being a true challenge to our national security.
Perfil, in Spanish:


Argentina’s far right and far left make big gains in congressional elections

Sunday’s vote saw the Peronist Front for Everyone coalition of President Alberto Fernández lose its majority in Congress for the first time in almost 40 years and lose its stronghold of Buenos Aires province to the center-right coalition Together for Change. Nationally, the Trotskyist Leftist Worker Front (FIT) won the third largest share of the votes, but it was the sudden rise of the far-right libertarian Liberty Advances party that dominated local coverage of the results.
The Guardian:


Analysis: The end of Peronism in Argentina?

The broader question is what will happen in Argentina when the Peronistas can no longer dictate laws. The Peronist stranglehold on Argentine lawmaking has been broken. Argentine voters have made clear what they don’t want. They now have two years to decide what they do before heading to the polls to elect a president in 2023.



Ecuador military, prison heads resign after jail riot

The heads of Ecuador’s armed forces and prisons resigned on Monday after weekend riots left 68 dead in the latest outbreak of violence between inmates aligned to rival gangs, the government said.
The News:


Ecuador to use military, mediation to end prison violence

Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso on Monday announced a plan to pacify prisons including with involvement of the military, as part of steps to tackle a wave of violence which has left scores of prisoners dead. Fighting between criminal groups in the Penitenciaria del Litoral prison over the weekend killed up to 68 prisoners and injured 25, according to the government.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Video:


Ecuador warns about international drug trafficking cartels’ threat to the country

Representatives of various functions of the Ecuadorian State said that the country is under serious threat from the attack by drug trafficking mafias and announced a national agreement to combat it.
Sputnik, in Spanish:



Bolivian government makes it official annulment of controversial Law 1386

Bolivia’s president David Choquehuanca signed on Tuesday night a new law that officially annulled a controversial law that regulated illicit profits, described by the opposition as an instrument to limit freedom to Bolivians. The law was annulled as result of a 6-day strike in the cities of Santa Cruz and Potosí, controlled by anti-socialist groups.
La Razon, in Spanish: