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Protesters Take to the Streets in Peru Calling on the President to Resign

Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets throughout Peru calling on President Pedro Castillo to resign.

The embattled Peruvian leader who took office last year has already been impeached twice and is currently the subject of a half dozen criminal investigations. Demonstrators have alleged corruption within his administration, while Mr. Castillo claims the efforts to unseat him are politically motivated. The left-wing leader has faced an uphill battle implementing his campaign platform of reducing income inequality considering the opposition party controls Congress. 

What is happening in Peru?

INSTRUCTORS: click the link below to download this week’s lecture for use in your classroom. The deck contains a writing prompt and a debate question as well as other assessment questions.

Videos:

News Articles:

Peru: Police clash with protesters in capital Lima

BBC NEWS

November 6, 2022

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-63530879

Thousands march in Peru calling for president’s removal

France 24

November 6, 2022

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20221106-thousands-march-in-peru-calling-for-president-s-removal

Thousands march in Peru demanding president’s resignation
DW

November 6, 2022

https://www.dw.com/en/thousands-march-in-peru-demanding-presidents-resignation/a-63661740

Thousands March in Peru, Demanding Resignation of Leftist President Castillo

U.S. News & World Report

November 5, 2022

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2022-11-05/thousands-march-in-peru-demanding-resignation-of-leftist-president-castillo

News Articles (Analyses):

Peruvian manufacturing society tells OAS that Peru is not undergoing a coup

Peru Reports

November 8, 2022

https://perureports.com/peruvian-manufacturing-society-tells-oas-that-peru-is-not-undergoing-a-coup/9804/

The US cannot ignore the new ‘pink tide’ in Latin America

Al Jazeera

October 23, 2022

https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2022/10/23/the-us-can-no-longer-ignore-change-in-latin-america

Thousands march in Peru, demanding resignation of leftist President Castillo

Reuters

November 6, 2022

https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/thousands-march-peru-demanding-resignation-leftist-president-castillo-2022-11-06/

Peru Protesters Seek President’s Removal

VOA

November 6, 2022

https://www.voanews.com/a/peru-protesters-seek-president-s-removal-/6822283.html

Assessment:

 Writing: What is the significance of protests in Peru?

 Debate: What major issues confront Peru?

 Poll: Should the international community do more to promote stability within Peru?

 Short Answer: What are the ramifications if President Castillo is removed from power?

QUIZ:

Peruvian President Pedro Castillo was recently arrested for corruption. (T/F)

Peruvian President Pedro Castillo faces opposition from leftists. (T/F)

Peru has experienced instability over the last several years. (T/F)

Which of the following countries is competing with the U.S. for influence in Latin America?

  1. China.
  2. India.
  3. Indonesia
  4. Turkey.

Anti-government demonstrators fear that Peru could move in the direction of which country?

a. Hungary.

b. Venezuela.

c. Russia.

d. Italy.

All the following actions have been taken by the opposition to remove President Castillo from office EXCEPT.

a. Widespread demonstrations.

b. Multiple impeachments.

c. Military intervention.

d. Filing a constitutional complaint.

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