(National DSA) Elections in Peru: Shift to the Left or Slide Backwards to the Far Right?
May 31, 2021
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Stakes are high as Peruvians go to the polls to elect their next President on June 6th. The country has been devastated by the mismanagement of the COVID-19 crisis, which has led to tens of thousands of reported deaths, mass employment, and economic decline.
The two candidates in the second round of the Peruvian Presidential elections have radically different visions for leading the country out of this chaos. The far-right candidate Keiko Fujimori (daughter of the dictator Alberto Fujimori, who ruled the country with an iron fist in the 1990s) is trying to campaign on issues related to anti-corruption and anti-communism, as a smokescreen for the hardcore neoliberal, anti-worker economic proposals that she supports. At the same time, the left-wing candidate from the Peru Libre party, Pedro Castillo, proposes to raise taxes on the rich and increase the percentage of royalties paid by companies that are exploiting Peru’s vast natural mineral wealth, in order to better fund social programs, especially public health and education.
Will the political and economic elites in Peru (with the explicit support of the mass media) be able to scare the majority of voters into supporting Keiko, through unfoundedly accusing Castillo of being a “terrorist” and puppet of the Maduro regime in Venezuela? Or will Peruvian workers and peasants, especially from rural areas, come out in force to support Castillo’s pro-poor agenda? At this webinar, sponsored by the DSA International Committee, we will hear from leaders of the Peru Libre party, union activists, and progressive media analysts, who will analyze the current political situation and lead a discussion about how activists in the US can build solidarity with the Peruvian left both during these elections and beyond.
Sponsored by DSA International Committee
Simultaneous English-Spanish translation will be provided.
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