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Peru is suffocating between the crisis of a mandate that was born weak and the chaos of the protests


The request for 18 months of pre-trial detention for the former president by the Prosecutor's Office ends the former president's hope of being released

This Wednesday marks a week since Pedro Castillo gave a message to the nation, minutes before noon, with a broken voice and trembling hands, which ended his stay at the Presidential Palace.

A self-coup without the support of the Armed Forces or his ministerial cabinet, which collapsed in record time.

A Government of exception and a dissolution of the Congress of the Republic that did not come to fruition and that ended with Castillo arrested and dethroned, in a new chapter of the most stable feature of Peruvian reality: instability.

This Wednesday, the Prosecutor's Office has leaned, as expected, to request that the former president remain in prison by requesting that 18 months of preventive detention be imposed on him, Efe reported.

Castillo hoped to be released.

Although for various sectors of civil society Castillo's departure represents new winds for the country, seven days later Peru is suffocating between the crisis of another mandate that was born weak and a police repression that has ended the lives of six people who went out to the streets to shout their discontent.

Four hours after Pedro Castillo put the noose around his neck, Vice President Dina Boluarte became the first female president of Peru, but not even having broken paradigms has meant a truce in her attempt to govern.

Last weekend, just a few days after putting on the presidential sash, Boluarte was forced to announce an advance of general elections for April 2024, after a string of protests throughout Peru.

The Executive has already presented a bill in this regard.

Is it the most reasonable term to stop the social upheaval?

Beyond the fact that it is established that 270 days notice is required from the call to carry out a new electoral process, many Peruvians demand more than announcements to calm the waters.

Pedro Castillo, the rural teacher who presided over Peru for approximately a year and a half, has remained in preliminary detention ever since for the alleged crime of rebellion and conspiracy.

He spends his days at the headquarters of the Directorate of Special Operations (Diroes), in a cramped room, very close to where former President Alberto Fujimori is serving his sentence, in a much larger space, who carried out a coup that was carried out. effective thirty years ago, in April 1992.

Compatriots: tomorrow, Wednesday, December 14, seven days have passed since an unjust and abusive detention.

Seven days in which the people have shown me their solidarity and commitment in defense of our government and its future.

Tomorrow at 1:42 p.m.

I will go free.


— Pedro Castillo Terrones (@PedroCastilloTe) December 13, 2022

Castillo, the president who almost never left his characteristic hat, was detained in the Lima Prefecture by his own escort when he went to the Mexican Embassy to request political asylum, according to statements by the foreign minister and the Mexican president himself, Andrés Manuel López. Workshop.

On Tuesday, the Permanent Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court rejected the appeal request that his defense had filed and that requested the annulment of the preliminary detention that expires this Wednesday minutes before two in the afternoon.

Shortly after, the former president's social networks released photos of a handwritten message in which the rural teacher was convinced that he would be released and summoned his followers to the doors of the Special Operations Directorate.

"Tomorrow at 1.42 pm I will be released,"

The Prosecutor's Office was inclined, instead, to request 18 months of preventive detention.

The purpose of this petition is to protect the ongoing investigation and provide evidence.

Not only do the alleged crimes of rebellion and conspiracy weigh on the politician, but also the constitutional accusation of the Nation's prosecutor, Patricia Benavides, of leading a "criminal organization" from within the Government Palace with the purpose of rigging contracts using his power.

Since prison, Castillo has not been self-critical, but rather has victimized himself: “I do not rule out that this Machiavellian plan is directed by the prosecutor of the Nation, the president of Congress and Mrs. Dina Boluarte [her successor to him].

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Source: elparis

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