Peruvian president Ollanta Humala was elected in 2011 as a left-wing “candidate of change,” promising to end corruption, strengthen national sovereignty, and expand social-welfare programs. But once in office, Humala quickly appointed neoliberal technocrats from previous administrations and struck out against major anti-mining mobilizations.
Protestors in Cajamarca, Peru, are anxiously awaiting a ruling by the Peruvian constitutional court. The court is expected to decide this week if the Cajamarca regional council overstepped its constitutional authority when it unanimously approved a law on December 28 banning the construction of the new multibillion-dollar Minas Conga gold and copper mine.
Along with the Arab Spring, the indignados movement of Spain, and Occupy Wall Street, Latin America also played a role in the global tumult in 2011. Over the last year diverse grassroots movements in Bolivia, Chile, Mexico, and Peru have been raising questions and challenging the existent order.
As left-leaning president Ollanta Humala takes office in Peru this week, he faces the formidable challenge of resolving the country’s growing conflicts over resource extraction—the
By Deborah Poole and Gerardo Renique
On June 5, Peruvian voters handed a hard won presidential victory to the progressive nationalist, Ollanta Humala. While it is too early to predict the future of the Humala government, his victory has dealt an important blow to both the Peruvian right and U.S. interests in Latin America.
Indigenous anti-mining protesters in southeastern Perú have agreed to