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      <font size="1"><a href="https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/perus-youth-have-mobilized-in-indignation-veronika-mendoza-20201114-0003.html">https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/perus-youth-have-mobilized-in-indignation-veronika-mendoza-20201114-0003.html</a>
      
      </font><h1 class="gmail-reader-title">Peru’s Youth Have Mobilized in Indignation: Veronika Mendoza</h1>November 14, 2020</div>

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                                                <p><em>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.</em></p>                                                    
                                        
                                                                
                                            
                                                 
                                                
                                                <p>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. </p>                                                  
                                        
                                                                
                                            
                                                 
                                                
                                                <p>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.</p>                                                     
                                        
                                                                
                                            
                                                 
                                                
                                                <blockquote> 
 <p><em><strong>RELATED: </strong></em></p> 
 <p><a href="https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Perus-Crisis-Deepens-as-Protests-Surge-Amid-Police-Brutality-20201113-0008.html" target="_blank"><em><strong>Peru: Crisis Deepens as Protests Surge Amid Police Brutality</strong></em></a></p> 
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<p>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”. </p>                                                  
                                        
                                                                
                                            
                                                 
                                                
                                                <p>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.”</p>                                                        
                                        
                                                                
                                            
                                                 
                                                
                                                 
<p><strong>Fight against neoliberalism</strong></p>                                                     
                                        
                                                                
                                            
                                                 
                                                
                                                <p>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 90s. </p>                                                       
                                        
                                                                
                                            
                                                 
                                                
                                                <p>“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.”</p>                                                      
                                        
                                                                
                                            
                                                 
                                                
                                                <p>The mobilizations have largely been spontaneous and Mendoza sees the country’s youth as the key agents “<br> The people, the young people who have come out, moved by their indignation, but also by their love for the country...<br>
 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 protagonism.</p>                                                 
                                        
                                                                
                                            
                                                 
                                                
                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                                                                        
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