Evo Morales, declared persona non grata by a commission of the Parliament of Peru

File photograph in which the former president of Bolivia Evo Morales was registered, in Buenos Aires (Argentina). EFE / Juan Ignacio Roncoroni

Lima, Nov 22 (EFE) .- The Foreign Relations Committee of the Peruvian Congress, where the opposition has a majority, declared the former president of Bolivia Evo Morales (2006-2019) persona non grata (2006-2019) “for his negative political activism in Peru and its evident interference and interference in the government’s agenda. “
The declaration, of a symbolic nature, urges the Interior and Defense ministries to comply with the pronouncement and prevent Morales from entering Peru, a country he has visited repeatedly since the leftist Pedro Castillo took office, with whom he keeps friendship.
A similar motion to declare Evo Morales persona non grata was rejected by the plenary session of Peru’s Congress last August, at the proposal of the right-wing MP Norma Yarrow.
This time, the statement was made within the framework of the second Runasur summit, a meeting of Latin American unions, social organizations and civil groups that Morales has convened in Cusco (Peru) for December 20 and 21.
The opinion counted with 9 votes in favor of right-wing parties such as the Fujimori Popular Force, Popular Renovation, Avanza País and center-right such as Alianza Para el Progreso (APP).
Against were the votes of the leftist Peru Libre party, with which Castillo won the presidential elections and whose political program is similar to Morales’s Movement Toward Socialism (MAS), while in abstention he voted Popular Action.
The parliamentary commission chaired by the Fujimori congressman Ernesto Bustamante considered that the presence of Morales in Peru “is a clear damage to the Peruvian people, who reject the political agenda that he intends to impose.”
It also condemned Morales promoting a Constituent Assembly in Peru and the nationalization of natural resources, two issues that were the flagship of Castillo’s electoral campaign, in the image and likeness of the presidential mandate of the former Bolivian leader.
He also censured Morales’ statements in favor of the “separation of Quechua and Aymara territories from the Peruvian nation and the expansion of coca cultivation,” as well as against US cooperation against drug trafficking.
During the debate, Congresswoman Silvana Robles requested that the statement not be made on behalf of the entire parliamentary commission, since not all its members agreed with its content.
In this sense, Robles accused the promoters of this initiative of “double standards” for not making similar pronouncements when they receive visits in Peru from the “fascist extreme right such as Vox”, a Spanish party whose representatives recently visited Peru to add followers to their manifesto anti-communist.
Likewise, his partner Guillermo Bermejo recalled that “Vox defends the nefarious legacy of the Franco dictatorship and denies the genocide of the Spanish empire.”
The left-wing parliamentarian also reproached the opposition for bringing Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López to Peru and having recognized “imaginary presidents like Juan Guaidó.”
“Why don’t they think the same when they invite former Colombian president Álvaro Uribe, accused of systematically violating human rights, known as the godfather of the Colombian paramilitaries?” Bermejo wondered.
“It makes me ashamed that a statement like this comes out. Think well, breathe deeply and, if you are democratic, let us measure all our visitors by the same yardstick,” he concluded.


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