Good morning! With the victory of Gustavo Petro in Colombia, the turn to the left in Latin America is consolidated but, on the other hand, the United States loses its main ally in the region, above all to put pressure on the dictatorships of Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela; In addition to his links with Chavismo, there is the concern that Petro wants to imitate Chavez as the leader of this new extreme left. The national strike in Ecuador is now over a week old and the capital, Quito, is experiencing blockades and protests, even near the seat of government. In Argentina, the government of Alberto Fernández wants the justice to let the crew leave the country and insists that they are flight instructors, ruling out the FBI report, which speaks of an Iranian pilot with links to terrorist associations.
Petro aspires to imitate Chavez as the leader of the new wave of American leftist governments. With his victory in Colombia this Sunday, the governments of Bolivarian influence increase in Latin America: the fear of many Colombians that the former guerrilla Gustavo Petro would reach the presidency of the country, which has already prevented his election on two previous occasions, was not enough to deny him victory in last Sunday’s elections. The distrust that his opponent, the populist businessman Rodolfo Hernández, who against all odds made it to the second round, also caused, ended up raising the number of blank votes to 500,000 and the null vote to 270,000. The 2016 Peace Accords, with the demobilization of the FARC (although some dissidents remain armed, as well as the ELN guerrillas), have opened up Colombian politics, contributing to its normalization and making it possible for the left to win for the first time. On the other hand, the arrival at the Nariño Palace of a government of the extreme left also means for the White House to lose the best ally it has had in Latin America. It will no longer have a partner that exerts pressure on the dictatorships of Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba or that does not allow Russia to continue extending its tentacles in the hemisphere.
Quito suffers roadblocks, violence and injuries due to the national strike. Yesterday’s day of protests was marked by a greater number of roads blocked in Quito. Until 7:30 p.m., the Metropolitan Transit Agency registered 37 points where there is a presence of protesters. One of the hottest spots was San Antonio de Pichincha, in the north. In the Historic Center, riots between police and university protesters have been recorded since 6:00 p.m. On Guayaquil street, a few blocks from the Government Palace, a tanker vehicle disperses the protesters with jets of water, who shout “pigs” at the uniformed men. The military and police reinforced the sector. Metal and serpentine fences have been placed since morning to prevent the strikers from entering the Plaza Grande. In Guayaquil, the mobilizations showed as a banner the departure of President Guillermo Lasso: the center of the city received two groups that support the indigenous strike; and, to one, for peace: the slogan was clear. “Get out, Lasso, get out!”
The Argentine government wants justice to let the crew leave the country and insists that they are flight instructors. Despite the harsh report from the FBI, which assures that Gholamreza Ghasemi, the pilot of the Venezuelan-Iranian plane that has been held in Ezeiza since June 6, has links with Iranian terrorist groups, the government of Alberto Fernández insists on the theory that that it was “an instruction flight” and wants the federal judge Lomas de Zamora, Federico Villena, to lift the impediment to the crew members so they can leave the country. With the intention of extinguishing the scandal that was generated around the plane, the Casa Rosada made an effort to relativize the data that the FBI contributed to the case and that would allow Villena to advance in a formal accusation against Ghasemi for his contribution to terrorist organizations. “There is nothing. Now let the judge who got into the opposition circus fix himself,” affirmed high-ranking official sources in the government, at the end of the act led by President Fernández at the Kirchner Cultural Center.
They refer to Trujillo a tax investigation on alleged plagiarism in the thesis of the Peruvian president. The mixed provincial prosecutor’s office of Tacabamba ordered that the investigation of President Pedro Castillo, and the first lady, Lilia Paredes, for the alleged plagiarism of his master’s thesis at the César Vallejo University, be transferred to the corporate criminal provincial prosecutor’s office of Trujillo. The fiscal provision detailed that this decision is given for the purpose of appointing the corresponding provincial prosecutor to continue with the investigations of the alleged crimes of aggravated plagiarism and generic falsehood in which Castillo Terrones and his wife would have incurred. According to the Public Ministry, these crimes would have been committed to the detriment of the César Vallejo University and the State, through the National Superintendence of Higher University Education (Sunedu).