[News] Peru’s Youth Have Mobilized in Indignation: Veronika Mendoza

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Youth Have Mobilized in Indignation: Veronika MendozaNovember 14, 2020

*In an interview with Nodal, Veronika Mendoza, leader of the ‘New Peru
Movement’ party and the only leftist presidential candidate, explained
what’s behind the current unrest in her country.*

Mass protests broke out after Peru’s parliament voted to impeach former
president Martin Vizcarra on November 9th, installing Manuel Merino of the
Accion Popular party, as head of state for the 5 months left till the
country’s general elections.

The Peruvian left are not supporters of former neoliberal president
Vizcarra, but have condemned the impeachment that has been carried out by
forces even further to his right, “The new government has named Ántero
Flores Aráoz as president of the Council of Ministers, he is the best
representative of the old politics: conservative, far-right, racist,
sexist, a few years ago he described the citizens of the Andes as llamas or
vicuñas, incapable of expressing an opinion. He is also a lawyer for those
who defend the business interests of those in congress. Merino is just one
of these puppets.


*Peru: Crisis Deepens as Protests Surge Amid Police Brutality*

Congress accuses Vizcarra of corruption, something Mendoza agrees should be
investigated, but she told Nodal that, “In the midst of a pandemic and with
just five months before the elections, Mr. Vizcarra should conclude his
mandate and then the next day face justice”.

She adds that congress are not the ones who need to lead the fight against
corruption, “Behind the backs of citizens, in an absolutely cynical and
shameless way, a Congress in which the majority are also being prosecuted
for corruption, some even for murder, have decided to impeach the President
of the Republic, and constitute themselves as an illegitimate government.”

*Fight against neoliberalism*

Though the current controversy began with corruption allegations, Veronika
Mendoza says that the current protests are about a deep crisis of state, a
rebellion against the legacy of the far-right Fujimori dictatorship of the

“In 1992, Alberto Fujimori decided to impose a neoliberal constitution with
a coup that made the state precarious, which privatized rights such as
health and education, that left Peruvians without a pensions system, which
left politics and democracy in the hands of economic power groups, which
allowed it to be captured by pressure groups, gangsters and the corrupt,
which has led us to this dramatic situation.”

The mobilizations have largely been spontaneous and Mendoza sees the
country’s youth as the key agents “
The people, the young people who have come out, moved by their indignation,
but also by their love for the country...
And it seems to me absolutely legitimate and the most appropriate thing to
remind us that democracy is not only electoral processes, it is not only
political parties and leaders; democracy is essentially popular and citizen
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