Peru government shaken by vaccine scandal as COVID pandemic spirals

By Bill Van Auken, 16 February 2021

With infections and deaths nearing record levels, Peru’s health and foreign ministers have been forced to resign for getting early shots of the coronavirus vaccine.

Tens of thousands pay homage to youth slain by police as Peru swears in third president in a week

By Cesar Uco, 19 November 2020

Thousands of youth held vigils Monday evening in Peru’s major cities in memory of the two young students killed by the Peruvian National Police (PNP).

Peruvian government falls after two killed in anti-impeachment protests

By Cesar Uco and Bill Van Auken, 16 November 2020

Mass outrage over the deadly repression of protests triggered by the coup-like impeachment of President Vizcarra has forced the resignation of his successor.

Thousands protest in Peru against impeachment, pandemic and economic implosion

By Rafael Azul, 12 November 2020

In Lima, Peru’s capital, the decision to replace Martín Vizcarra with Manuel Merino brought many people into the streets.

Peru’s political crisis deepens with second motion to impeach President Vizcarra

By Cesar Uco, 28 October 2020

The political conflict reflects the crisis of the entire Peruvian ruling class as it confronts the country’s worst recession in decades along with the rising death toll from COVID-19.

At least 13 Peruvian youth killed in police raid on Lima disco

By Cesar Uco and Bill Van Auken, 24 August 2020

The tragedy is the direct outcome of the government’s police-state enforcement of coronavirus restrictions, even as it grants a free rein to mining and other business interests.

Peru tops half a million coronavirus cases as political crisis deepens

By Cesar Uco and Bill Van Auken, 18 August 2020

With over 535,000 COVID-19 cases and 26,000 deaths, and amid growing class tensions, President Vizcarra is leaning heavily on the military.

Peru reopens economy as thousands of miners contract COVID-19

By Mauricio Saavedra, 11 August 2020

With 478,024 coronavirus cases, Peru has the third most infections in Latin America, and with over 21,000 fatalities, it has the highest per capita death toll in the region.

Peru lifts quarantine restrictions as coronavirus infections pass 300,000 mark

By Cesar Uco, 8 July 2020

“Phase three” aligns the government and all political parties with the interest of big business and against the working class.

Peru extends quarantine as COVID-19 deaths continue to climb

By Cesar Uco and Don Knowland, 9 May 2020

As immigrants to the capital make desperate efforts to return to their places of origin, overcrowded prisons have become a hotbed for propagation of the virus.

As Peru escalates militarization, COVID-19 spreads to remote rural areas

By Cesar Uco, 7 April 2020

The COVID-19 virus continues to spread aggressively in Peru, endangering the poorest people of Andean or Amazonian origin who have low immune defenses.

Peruvian president authorizes military to use lethal force to enforce the national quarantine

By Cesar Uco and Don Knowland, 1 April 2020

A new law shows that Peru’s ruling oligarchy, in anticipation of widespread unrest, is preparing the army to carry out repression with absolute impunity.

Peru deploys army in the streets to enforce COVID-19 curfew

By Cesar Uco and Don Knowland, 26 March 2020

The quarantine and curfew imposed by President Vizcarra are aimed at protecting the interests of the wealthy and preparing the repression of a likely social explosion.

Two impoverished teenagers die working in an illegal Peruvian mine

By Cesar Uco, 25 February 2020

The deaths of the 14- and 17-year-old brothers of gas poisoning in the mine are part of a nationwide toll from the exploitation of workers in illegal and unsafe mines.

Peruvian students protest threatened shutdown of private universities

By Cesar Uco, 17 February 2020

Thirty-nine private universities and two graduate schools failed to meet basic educational standards, threatening 166,000 students with being thrown in the street.

Crisis election in Peru yields fractured Congress

By Cesar Uco and Bill Van Auken, 30 January 2020

Traditional parties that have dominated Peruvian politics for decades were left without a single seat, while no party succeeded in capturing more than 10 percent of the ballots.

The Revolution and the Land: Peruvian documentary about agrarian reform in the 1960s and ’70s attracts great interest

By Armando Cruz and Cesar Uco, 23 December 2019

The documentary brings to life the centuries-long exploitation of the indigenous Peruvian peasantry, but fails to provide a coherent political analysis of the rise and fall of Gen. Velasco’s regime.

Strike wave in Peru stokes ruling class fears of Chilean “contagion”

By Cesar Uco and Bill Van Auken, 25 November 2019

In the midst of its deepest political crisis, Peru’s economic indicators have dropped sharply and the class struggle is heating up.

Protests erupt after Peruvian government approves controversial Tía María mining project

By Cesar Uco, 4 November 2019

Peasant farmers have blocked roads and confronted police after Peru’s government approved construction of the mine, which will harm the fragile ecosystem of the Tambo Valley in the southern Andes.

President Vizcarra dissolves Congress in response to conflict within Peruvian state

By Armando Cruz, 9 October 2019

One of the main props sustaining Vizcarra’s government has been the refusal of the pseudo-left to confront his right-wing policies.

Regional strike against mining project fuels divisions within Peru’s crisis-ridden government

By Armando Cruz and Cesar Uco, 22 August 2019

Thousands of people joined the strike, confronting military police, blocking the Pan-American highway and the streets of Arequipa’s capital city and shutting down a major port.

Former President Garcia’s suicide exposes desperate crisis of Peruvian bourgeoisie

By Armando Cruz and Cesar Uco, 27 April 2019

Top Odebrecht officials told Peruvian prosecutors that the company had bribed presidents, ministers and potential presidential candidates for nearly two decades.

Conflict continues over Peruvian copper mine as peasant blockade is lifted

By Cesar Uco and Armando Cruz, 20 April 2019

The Peruvian government gave in to demands of 1,200 peasants of Fuerabamba who suspended the road blockade that for 66 days paralyzed export of copper concentrate to China

Eight miners die from toxic gases in Peru’s northern highlands

By Cesar Uco, 3 April 2019

The deaths of eight miners are the result of the ruthless drive for profits by the owners of informal mines in Peru.

Heavy rains and avalanches kill dozens in Peru

By Cesar Uco, 28 February 2019

The catastrophic effects of these storms are bound up with the government’s failure to repair the damage caused two years ago.

Lima sewage disaster exposes infrastructure neglect in Peru

By Armando Cruz, 31 January 2019

Seeking to exploit the disaster that affected nearly 2,000 people, “free-market” proponents rushed in to demand the privatization of the public water company, Sedapal.

Peruvian voters approve referendum proposals touted as answer to corruption

By Cesar Uco, 13 December 2018

President Vizcarra is seeking to use the referendum to refurbish the image of a bourgeois state that had lost all credibility in the eyes of the working class and the poor

Peru’s president prepares to attack workers’ living standards

By Cesar Uco, 5 December 2018

The most important issue discussed at the CADE 2018 conference was a coordinated government-business attack on labor costs.

World economic slowdown hits Peruvian exports

By Cesar Uco, 27 November 2018

Behind Peru’s mushrooming corruption scandals lies the breakdown of the free market economic model introduced in the 1990s.

Fujimori’s new detention sets reconfiguration of Peruvian politics

By Armando Cruz, 13 November 2018

The leader of Fuerza Popular (FP), Keiko Fujimori, was sentenced to 36 months of “preventive detention” while being investigated in the Odebrecht scandal.

Peru: Fujimori and other right-wing politicians detained for links to Odebrecht scandal

By Cesar Uco and Armando Cruz, 18 October 2018

For more than 12 years, Odebrecht won contracts and projects in Peru by paying off top officials and businessmen.

Refugees fleeing crisis in Venezuela confront poverty in Peru

By our reporters, 24 September 2018

It is estimated that since 2014 nearly 2.5 million Venezuelans have fled their country to escape a collapsing economy.

Peru’s supreme court sentences Shining Path leaders to new life prison terms

By Cesar Uco, 19 September 2018

The new terror trial came in the midst of a wave of corruption scandals enveloping the entire Peruvian state apparatus.

Peru: Pseudo-left promotes anti-corruption protests to cover for anti-worker policies

By Armando Cruz, 17 September 2018

The pseudo-left has adapted itself to President Vizcarra’s proposals, praising his preparedness to "listen" to the people.

Peruvian municipal workers strike in Lima’s most affluent district

By Cesar Uco, 29 August 2018

The strike in Miraflores highlights the glaring social inequality that pervades Peru.

Leaked tapes confirm collusion of Peruvian justice system with drug cartels and state corruption

By Armando Cruz, 21 August 2018

The new scandal is yet another blow to a political and state establishment already massively discredited after the revelations of the Lava Jato scandal.

Nine dead, 107 poisoned in Andean village in Peru

By Cesar Uco, 16 August 2018

This tragedy in a peasant town in the Andes serves as a reminder of the grinding poverty confronted by millions of Peruvians.

Peru’s President Vizcarra calls for referendum amid corruption scandals

By Cesar Uco, 14 August 2018

In his speech to the nation, Vizcarra admitted that “the judicial system has collapsed” and the country faces “serious corruption of public administrative institutions.”

Peru’s new president Vizcarra joins with Fujimorista opposition to impose austerity

By Armando Cruz, 25 June 2018

The Vizcarra-Villanueva government intends to impose the new cuts to government spending and new taxes on the working population being demanded by international finance.

Peruvian teachers strike in defiance of government ban

By Cesar Uco, 22 June 2018

The teachers’ strike has been joined by walkouts of railroad, public transit and other workers as economic conditions continue to deteriorate in Peru.

Peru’s president and former Wall Street financier resigns amid corruption scandal

By Armando Cruz, 23 March 2018

There was a consensus among the ruling elite that the 79-year-old former Wall Street operator had become a destabilizing factor for capitalism in Peru.

Odebrecht-related bribe revelations threaten to wipe out Peruvian political establishment

By Armando Cruz and Cesar Uco, 14 March 2018

The revelations have led many to question the political future of all the figures involved, the most visible faces of the Peruvian political class for over a generation.

Peru’s president proposes minimum wage hike in bid to divert impeachment drive

By Cesar Uco, 1 March 2018

The desperate populist appeal comes as the chances of Kuczynski finishing his term are dwindling, while his approval rating has fallen to 19 percent.

Asia-Pacific trade bloc reshaped, without the US

By Mike Head, 25 January 2018

The “TPP 11” announcement points to the increasing isolation of the US, and the escalating tensions between the rival capitalist powers.

Mass protests in Peru over pardoning of Fujimori

By Cesar Uco, 16 January 2018

The deal reached to spare President Kuczynski impeachment in return for the pardoning of Fujimori has only deepened the crisis of bourgeois rule in Peru.

Peru’s President Kuczynski pardons Fujimori after surviving impeachment

By Armando Cruz, 30 December 2017

Fujimori’s pardon has unleashed a wave of protests, mostly by young people, in the capital and other main cities.

Peru’s President Kuczynski facing impeachment

By Juan Gonzáles, 18 December 2017

Even as bribery and corruption charges threaten to bring down the president, an attempt is being made to strengthen the Peruvian state.

Top Peruvian businessmen arrested in Odebrecht bribery scandal

By Cesar Uco, 14 December 2017

The Odebrecht scandal has played an increasing role in deepening Peru’s economic and political crises.

Peru’s entire political establishment engulfed in bribery scandal

By Cesar Uco, 29 November 2017

A mushrooming scandal involving hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes from Brazilian construction contractors is implicating high-level politicians.

Peru cabinet shakeup exposes crisis of rule

By Armando Cruz, 29 September 2017

The decision to remove and replace some ministries came in the aftermath of a powerful 71-day teachers’ strike.

Corruption crisis engulfs all major parties in Peru

By Cesar Uco, 14 September 2017

The Odebrecht scandal is threatening to put two other former presidents behind bars and to drag down the current head of state, Pedro Pablo Kucsynski.

Peruvian teachers strike as Kuczynski’s government plunges into crisis

By Armando Cruz, 23 August 2017

Reportedly, more than 200,000 teachers in 18 regions of the country are participating in the strike, making it one of the largest in the last decade.

Vice President Pence visits Latin America amid deepening Venezuelan crisis

By Andrea Lobo, 22 August 2017

Pence compared Trump’s “vision” to that of Theodore Roosevelt, making clear that Washington intends to reassert US hegemony in the region.

Peruvian pseudo-left bitterly divided over launching of new party

By Armando Cruz, 7 June 2017

The divisions over the launching of “Nuevo Peru” center on the best political means for diverting the rising militancy of the working class.

As toll from Peru’s storms mount, capitalists see new source of profits

By Cesar Uco, 1 April 2017

The ravages of El Niño have exposed the stark social inequality that pervades Peruvian society and the indifference of the country’s ruling elite to the conditions of the masses.

Strike continues at Peru’s largest copper mine in defiance of government

By Cesar Uco and Armando Cruz, 27 March 2017

The Cerro Verde miners strike has now entered its third week, despite a government decree declaring the action illegal.

Death toll rises from Peru’s El Niño flooding

By Cesar Uco, 20 March 2017

The disaster has exposed the inability of the Peruvian government to either prepare for or properly respond to increasingly frequent climatic catastrophes.

Peruvian president wanted in Odebrecht corruption scandal

By Cesar Uco, 2 March 2017

The Odebrecht corruption scandal has implicated leading politicians not only in Peru, but throughout Latin America.

Twenty-three dead, thousands homeless due to lack of infrastructure as floods and mudslides strike Lima, Peru

By Cesar Uco, 10 February 2017

Those who drowned in the floods and who were buried alive in the mud are victims of the capitalist system.

Top Peruvian politicians implicated in Brazil’s “Lava Jato” corruption scandal

By Armando Cruz, 8 February 2017

Among the major figures that may be targeted by prosecutors is the current Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski.

Rescue attempts abandoned for seven buried Peruvian miners

By Cesar Uco, 24 January 2017

There are thousands of informal mines in Peru, with miners risking their lives working for third parties under extremely dangerous conditions.

Privatized highway toll sparks mass protest in Peru

By Cesar Uco, 17 January 2017

The eruption of violent clashes in Lima over the imposition of tolls follows a similar pattern seen in Mexico with the protests over the hike in gasoline prices.

Peru’s president facing mounting crisis after six months in office

By Cesar Uco, 4 January 2017

After six months in office, Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski confronts mounting corruption scandals along with growing social unrest.

Deadly political violence in Peru as Kuczynski completes first 100 days

By a reporter, 10 November 2016

The armed clashes in a small town in eastern Peru were emblematic of the political crisis and corruption dominating the country following President Kuczynski’s assumption of power.

Video of summary executions exposes Peruvian police death squads

By Cesar Uco, 7 October 2016

The Peruvian security forces have been rocked by revelations of extra-legal killings and rampant corruption.

Peru: Kuczynksi takes office along with right wing pro-business cabinet

By Armando Cruz, 10 August 2016

Like the president himself, the incoming cabinet is drawn from the higher echelons of Peruvian and international big business.

Wall Street’s candidate wins elections in Peru with support from pseudo-left

By Armando Cruz, 16 June 2016

Decisive in the narrow victory of the former IMF official was the unconditional support granted by the Broad Front of the Left (Frente Amplio).

Two right-wing candidates to contest second round in Peru’s presidential vote

By Armando Cruz and Cesar Uco, 21 April 2016

National and international investors welcomed the results, as both contenders back policies facilitating the exploitation of the Peruvian working class.

Peru’s electoral board bars two presidential candidates before first round of elections

By Armando Cruz, 22 March 2016

The elections are dominated by the thoroughgoing alienation of the Peruvian population from the political establishment as a whole.

President Humala declares state of emergency in Peru’s port of Callao

By Cesar Uco and Armando Cruz, 31 December 2015

The state of emergency is intended as a demonstration for the domestic and foreign business elites that the government can—and will—suspend democratic rights as it sees fit.

Peruvian pseudo-lefts select former ruling party member as presidential candidate

By Armando Cruz, 18 November 2015

The most revealing thing about Peru’s “left” primary is that the vote count was entrusted to a branch of the US National Endowment for Democracy.

Social conflicts erupt in Peru following bloody mine clash

By Cesar Uco, 17 October 2015

After the settlement of a strike in which police shot and killed four workers, some 200 similar social struggles are continuing across the country.

Peru faces Wall Street downgrade

By Cesar Uco, 26 August 2015

The bid by the government of President Ollanta Humala and the Peruvian bourgeoisie to market Peru as a haven for foreign capital is rapidly failing under the impact of deepening crisis.

Economic slowdown in Peru ignites social tensions

By Cesar Uco, 1 August 2015

Two out of three Peruvians report being unable to live off of their salaries, while just 113 families monopolize 46 percent of the country’s wealth.

Chinese premier concludes four-country tour of South America

By Alexander Fangmann, 30 May 2015

The trip yielded a variety of trade and investment deals, along with infrastructure initiatives—all aimed at counteracting slowing domestic growth while expanding influence in the region.

Peruvian government repeals law targeting young workers

By Armando Cruz, 30 January 2015

Marches against the bill were met with state violence, along with a campaign of intimidation by the government and alleged infiltration by agents provocateurs.

Mass layoffs follow election of new right-wing mayor in Lima, Peru

By Armando Cruz, 21 January 2015

The sudden layoffs have caused mass outrage and provoked speculation that a vast reorganization of the municipality may be under way.

Thousands of Peruvian youth and students protest labor law

By Armando Cruz and Cesar Uco, 30 December 2014

Under the pretext of promoting youth employment, the law is an attack against the working class, aimed at redistributing wealth to big business.

Municipal elections a debacle for Peruvian “left”

By Armando Cruz, 21 October 2014

The right-wing candidate Luis Castañeda, a former two-term mayor of Lima, was swept back into office in the Peruvian capital.

Peru faces threat of housing bubble

By Cesar Uco, 13 October 2014

The rise of Peru’s GDP in recent years can be quickly erased, returning millions of Peruvians to conditions of extreme poverty.

Wall Street hails Peru’s economic “reforms”

By Cesar Uco and Armando Cruz, 19 July 2014

Moody’s upgrading of Peru’s debt comes in the wake of new pro-corporate economic measures.

Artistic resistance to the US-backed juntas

Losing the Human Form: A seismic image of the 1980s in Latin America

By Armando Cruz, 10 April 2014

The exhibition, presented in Madrid in 2012 and recently in Lima, Peru, is a fascinating compilation of works from the 1980s that voiced opposition to the militarized regimes in Latin America.

Public health care workers clash with riot police in Peru

By César Uco, 25 February 2014

Doctors working for the Ministry of Health earn US$1,000 a month, making them among the lowest paid in Latin America.

World Court decision on Peru-Chile border fails to quell nationalist rivalries

By César Uco and Bill Van Auken, 4 February 2014

Last week’s ruling by the International Court of Justice settling a dispute over maritime boundaries between Chile and Peru has failed to quell nationalist tensions between the two countries.

Brazil’s Petrobrás sells off Peruvian stake to China

By César Uco, 15 January 2014

Petrobrás, the government-run oil company, is selling off international assets to finance its investments in offshore oil.

Peru military-police scandal throws government into crisis

By Armando Cruz, 20 December 2013

The exposure of extraordinary police protection for a convicted criminal of the Fujimori dictatorship has thrown Peru’s government into crisis.

Peru’s economy sags as social conflicts mount

By César Uco, 17 August 2013

The collapse of President Humala’s pretense of “social inclusion” has led to growing popular struggles.

Peruvian government approves labor counter-reform

By Armando Cruz and Luis Arce, 23 July 2013

The Civil Service Law passed by the Peruvian Congress is the latest attack on the working class by the “left” nationalist government of President Ollanta Humala.

Wall Street embraces Humala’s “left” government in Peru

By Armando Cruz, 6 June 2013

Measures carried out by Humala, who won the presidency in 2011 promising to battle “neo-liberalism,” have placed him to the right of his predecessors.

Peruvian government crushes riots in Lima market

By Armando Cruz, 7 November 2012

Four dead and more than 100 wounded was the outcome of the repression of a riot in La Parada, an old wholesale market in the working class district of La Victoria in downtown Lima.

Humala government outlaws strikes by Peruvian teachers and doctors

By Armando Cruz, 27 September 2012

A pair of wildcat strikes by teachers and doctors has become the latest episode of class struggle to undermine the government of Peru’s nationalist president, Ollanta Humala.

Peru’s President Humala imposes another state of emergency against mine protests

By Armando Cruz, 10 July 2012

Ollanta Humala declared another “state of emergency” in the northern highlands region of Cajamarca to suppress a powerful movement opposing the multi-billion-dollar Conga mining project.

Peruvian government imposes state of emergency to quell mine protests

By Armando Cruz, 6 June 2012

Peruvian president Ollanta Humala has imposed a state of emergency in the province of Espinar in Cusco to quell violent protests over a mining company’s environmental destruction.

Three workers killed in Peru mining protests

By Armando Cruz and Luis Arce, 29 March 2012

On March 15, three workers were shot dead in protests against Peruvian government decrees penalizing those involved in “informal mining.”

Fire kills 29 at rehab center in Lima, Peru

By Luis Arce, 25 February 2012

Twenty-nine people died as the result of a fire that ripped through the “Christ is Love” rehabilitation center located in one of the poorest districts of Lima on January 28.

Thousands march in Peru against US-backed mining project

By Armando Cruz, 22 February 2012

On Friday, February 10, thousands of Peruvians participated in the “Gran Marcha Nacional por el Agua,” or “Grand March for Water,” in downtown Lima.

Peruvian crisis shifts Humala government to the right

By Luis Arce, 15 December 2011

A week after its declaration of a state of emergency in Cajamarca, the replacement of Peru’s prime minister by a retired army officer signals a sharp turn to the right by President Humala’s government.

Humala packs Peruvian cabinet with pro-business figures

By Luis Arce and Armando Cruz, 16 August 2011

Ollanta Humala, who won the Peruvian election on the basis of appeals to nationalism and resentment over social inequality, has filled key posts in his cabinet with representatives of the ruling elite.

Latin stock markets hit hardest by US credit downgrade

By Luis Arce, 12 August 2011

Latin America’s financial markets suffered the most severe losses of any in the world in the “Black Monday” global sell-off that followed the downgrading of US debt.

Peru’s president-elect Humala bows to bankers

By Luis Arce, 11 June 2011

Following his victory at the polls last Sunday, Peru’s president-elect has made it his first priority to reassure capitalist investors, foreign and national, that they have nothing to fear.