The US backed oligarchy has achieved its coup. In response to the right’s attacks, Castillo had left his party, demobilised his peasant base, refused to close ranks with the Peruvian left, given into the right’s demands and embraced the OAS and US embassy.
We are now in the fourth wave of a left emergence since the Cuban Revolution of 1959. Even the mildest centre-left governments will be forced to address serious social crises. The test of these governments will be how they act when faced with the refusal by the forces of capitalism to solve these crises.
The left has won the Presidency in Peru, giving Pedro Castillo a historic opportunity to open Peru towards democracy and justice. The right will use every mechanism to stifle or coopt him. Castillo, on the other hand, has a base of poor Peruvians that defended his election victory and seems prepared to continue its mobilisations.
The left’s candidate Pedro Castillo has won the second round of Peru’s presidential elections and defeated the far-right candidate Keiko Fujimori by 44,000 votes.
In response, Peru’s right wing and the US are planning a coup.
Vijay Prashad analyses recent political and electoral trends in Latin America against the background of the Covid pandemic and the US offensive against the left in the region.
By Stephen MacAvoy
The victory of Ollanta Humala in Peru’s presidential election on Sunday (5 June) marks a further consolidation of the left in South America, a defeat for the right-wing current cited as the alternative by those opposed to the continent’s leftwards shift and a further weakening of the United States’ influence in the region.