“Terruqueo” and Peru’s Fear of the Left

By Luisa Feline Freier, Soledad Castillo Jara

A decades-old stigma against anything appearing leftist may be a factor in April’s presidential election.

LIMA - Last November, Peru’s youth took to the streets in the country’s largest pro-democratic protests since the return to democracy in 2000, accusing lawmakers who voted to remove President Martín Vizcarra of putting corrupt personal interests over the good of the country A violent police response resulted in the death of two demonstrators, university students Jack Bryan Pintado Sánchez and Inti Sotelo Camargo, as well as hundreds of injuries and arbitrary detentions It was in this context that Martha Chávez, a congresswoman belonging to the Fuerza Popular party – led by Keiko...

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