Interamerican Watch Newsletter – Issue 22

Interamerican Watch Newsletter

Inter-American Watch

Wednesday November 24th, 2021
(Casto Ocando, Editor)

Perú

Peru’s congressional committee declares Evo Morales persona non grata

The Foreign Relations Committee approved to “Declare Juan Evo Morales Ayma persona non grata in our country for his negative political activism in Peru and his evident interference and in the political, social and economic agenda of the government of Peru, clearly detrimental to the interests of the Peruvian people; urging the competent authorities to prohibit his entry into our country for these purposes.“
Mercopress: https://en.mercopress.com/2021/11/23/peru-s-congressional-committee-declares-evo-persona-non-grata

Peru’s Castillo attacks the media and accuse it of “misrepresenting reality”

During a visit to Huancavelica this Monday, president Castillo questioned the media that, he said, “misrepresented reality” for having reported that there were claims and requests for impeachment.
Peru 21, in Spanish: https://peru21.pe/politica/pedro-castillo-no-me-voy-a-permitir-darle-un-centavo-a-medios-que-tergiversan-la-realidad-nndc-noticia/

Castillo’s secretary kept thousands of dollars in cash of unknown origin in a government palace’s bathroom

According to the document entitled “Act of Exhibition of Non-Private Documents in the General Secretariat of the Government Palace”, to which Peru21 had access, in the bathroom of Bruno Pacheco’s office at the presidential palace the authorities found no less than US $20,000 in cash. A criminal investigation continues on Pacheco’s ilegal actions while being secretary of president Castillo.
Peru21, in Spanish: https://peru21.pe/politica/bruno-pacheco-secretario-de-pedro-castillo-guardaba-us20-mil-en-efectivo-en-un-bano-de-palacio-de-gobierno-noticia/

Amapola crops to produce heroin increases in Peru

According to experts, in Peru cultivation of Amapola has been carried out for several decades and it has become a silent actor in the growth of drug trafficking.
Peru21, in Spanish: https://peru21.pe/peru/rutas-de-la-amapola-la-flor-que-el-narcotrafico-cultiva-y-nadie-ve-informe-narcotrafico-heroina-opio-cajamarca-piura-amazonas-noticia/

Pedro Castillo’s presidential campaign was financed by criminal organizations, prosecutor said

Peru’s Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office reaffirmed its hypothesis that the campaign of the ruling party Peru Libre (left), which brought President Pedro Castillo to power, would have been financed with illicit money from a criminal organization.
Sputnik, in Spanish: https://mundo.sputniknews.com/20211122/la-fiscalia-peruana-reafirma-su-hipotesis-de-financiamiento-ilicito-en-campana-del-presidente-1118514193.html

Argentina

Argentinian Central Bank’s reserves run almost dry as fears of devaluation loom over the country

Argentine Economy Minister desperately needs to reach an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) this week, because the Central Bank (BCRA) has only US $ 800 million left in cash with which to intervene in the local exchange market, which is pressing for a devaluation.
MercoPress: Argentine Economy Minister desperately needs to reach an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) this week, because the Central Bank (BCRA) has only US $ 800 million left in cash with which to intervene in the local exchange market, which is pressing for a devaluation.

Argentina’s biggest media conglomerate attacked with Molotov cocktails

The headquarters of the Grupo Clarin, Argentina’s largest media conglomerate, was attacked Monday night by unknown persons throwing Molotov cocktails, but no injuries or worse were reported, according to a statement issued by the group on Tuesday. “We regret and condemn this serious deed that, at first glance, appears to be a violent expression of intolerance against a communications media outlet. And we hope for its urgent clarification and punishment” for those who perpetrated it, Grupo Clarin said in the statement.
La Prensa Latina, in Spanish: https://www.laprensalatina.com/argentinas-biggest-media-conglomerate-attacked-with-molotov-cocktails/

Ecuador

Ecuador pardons some inmates after deadly prison riots

Ecuador is seeking to ease overcrowding in its prisons after gang-linked riots killed more than 300 people this year.
Al Jazeera: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/11/23/ecuador-pardons-some-inmates-after-deadly-prison-riots

Mexican drug cartels leave traces in Ecuador

Ecuadorian authorities have evidence of the participation of these groups in drug trafficking activities in Ecuador. But they have not been able to determine its influence on the escalation of violence inside and outside the prisons. “We are no longer facing common crime, but the largest drug cartels in the world”, thus summarized president Guillermo Lasso, on the battle that Ecuador is waging against organized crime.
Primicias, in Spanish: https://www.primicias.ec/noticias/en-exclusiva/narcotrafico-carteles-mexicanos-rastros-ecuador/

Bolivia

Bolivian opposition denounces that Evo Morales wants to accelerate presidential elections with new proposal of “federalism”

The opposition alliance Citizen Community (CC), through its boss Carlos Mesa, expressed on Tuesday its support for the proposed debate on federalism in Bolivia, however, it considered that former president Evo Morales only wants to use this approach to accelerate the electoral process.
La Razon, in Spanish: https://www.la-razon.com/nacional/2021/11/23/cc-apoya-el-debate-sobre-federalismo-pero-cree-que-morales-solo-busca-acelerar-elecciones/

Other News

U.S. set to remove Colombia rebel group FARC from terrorist list

The Biden administration is preparing to remove Colombian rebel group FARC from the U.S. list of foreign terrorist organizations, five years after the rebels signed a peace agreement with Bogota, two people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.
Reuters: https://www.reuters.com/world/us/us-set-remove-colombia-rebel-group-farc-terrorism-list-sources-2021-11-23/