Latin America is facing a crisis. This week, the openly communist Pedro Castillo was declared the winner in Peru. After several years, the advance of the left in the continent is undeniable. In view of this, the paths used by the left to assault power must be analyzed in order to take measures that will allow the ideas of freedom to regain their spaces.
To address this issue, Vanessa Vallejo, editor-in-chief of El American, talks to Enrique Valderrama, columnist for Peru’s Expreso newspaper; Roberto Salinas, director of the Atlas Network Latin America Center; Johannes Kaiser, Chilean journalist; and Rafael Nieto, Colombian lawyer.
To begin with, Enrique Valderrama explained the situation facing Peru. He said that the electoral authorities have yet to respond to the challenges of both political parties. For this reason, he emphasized that the race continues and that the aspiration of the Peruvian society is that all the votes are counted and the electoral process is clarified.
“There are still 400,000 votes to be counted due to disputed votes. My summary is that all eyes are on the electoral authority. What civil society is asking is that all votes cast be counted,” said Valderrama.
Latin America in crisis
Continuing with the analysis of what is happening in Latin America, Johannes Kaiser referred to what happened in Chile with the protests. In this sense, he highlighted that the government of Sebastián Piñera has taken populist measures in the face of the pressure.
“In Chile, the one who makes the most populist offer is governing. It cannot be described in any other way than as political chaos. Chile is spending practically double the fiscal income for these supposed aids,” said Kaiser.
Rafael Nieto’s approach was similar to explain the situation in Colombia. For the lawyer, the crisis of the government of Iván Duque was due to a lack of political sense. In fact, he described as a bad political move to propose a tax reform after the economic crisis that caused the pandemic.
Regarding Mexico, Roberto Salinas questioned the statements made by Andrés Manuel López Obrador in which he criticized the middle class. AMLO said that middle class people are “aspirationalists without moral scruples.”
Regarding those statements, Salinas stressed that it is dangerous for a president to feel he can scold the citizenry for his political decisions. “It is very dangerous for someone of whatever ideology to believe that he can mold the souls of citizens. And Andrés Manuel López Obrador believes this,” commented Salinas.
Finally, the guests agreed on the need for people whose idea is freedom and other similar ideals, to unite and organize to achieve a change in politics and thus stop the advance of the left in the continent.