Is This Peru’s “Constitutional Moment”?

By Andrea Moncada

Lacking channels to institutional politics, the country’s unrest won’t necessarily lead to wide-reaching change seen elsewhere.

As Peru’s unrest approaches the two-month mark—with increasing violence, police repression and instances of vandalism—some observers see a connection to the wide-scale protests that ushered in political change in other Latin American countries in recent years. An article in The Economist has pointed to the apparent similarities with events in Colombia in 2021, Chile’s estallido social in 2019, and Ecuador’s Indigenous mobilization against former President Lenín Moreno the same year. Indeed, there is the hope circulating within left-leaning sectors—accompanied by a recent...

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