Link: “Peru rises up after coup against elected President Pedro Castillo”
Extremely informative interview with Daniela Ortiz, a Peruvian leftist, explaining the context behind the so-called “self-coup”, immediately followed by a real coup, in Peru last week. For example, like Chile, Peru currently suffers under a constitution put in place by their late 20th century dictator; there’s immense public pressure to replace this constitution with something more democratic, but the right-wing are resistant.
That same right-wing controls most of the news media (sounds similar to Rupert Murdoch’s control over our media, but even more virulent) as well as the police force, upper echelons of the state bureaucracy, and the Congress (which currently has an 11% approval rating). The Peruvian right has never accepted the legitimacy of Castillo’s election, and constantly insult him as a rural Indigenous person from an impoverished area who is therefore inherently unfit to be the President. They’ve stonewalled him constantly in Congress, and left him unable to pass much of anything. From the sounds of things, it sounds like the current constitution permits both the Congress to remove the president in the case of “moral incapacity” (whatever that means), and the president to remove the Congress in the event that Congress is completely unworkable. The President tried to move first, calling for elections for a Constitutional Assembly to draft a new constitution, but Congress struck back hard enough to win, and then they threw Castillo in jail (where his daughter had already been as some kind of attempted hostage situation…).
Another informative article on this, shorter with a higher-level overview, would be this in the Green Left Weekly .