López Obrador urges CELAC to speak out in favor of the release of former Peruvian president Pedro Castillo

The President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador – Carlos Santiago/eyepix via ZUMA / DPA

The President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, on Tuesday urged the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) to pronounce itself in favor of the release of former Peruvian President Pedro Castillo, who is in prison after announcing the dissolution of the Andean Parliament in early December in an attempt to arrogate more power to himself.

In his telematic intervention at the CELAC summit in the capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires, López Obrador called Castillo’s dismissal and detention an «infamy» and encouraged the region as a whole to sign a joint communiqué in support of the former president and to demand an end to the repression of the demonstrations against the current Peruvian head of state, Dina Boluarte.

«We must not leave the brotherly people of Peru alone. It was an infamy what they did with Pedro Castillo and the way he is repressing the people. We must jointly sign a communiqué to demand that the repression cease, that dialogue be opened, that it be the people who decide in democracy, that is to say, in clean, free elections on the destiny of Peru», said the Mexican president, according to the newspaper ‘El Universal’.

Thus, López Obrado has called for the end of «authoritarianism» in Peru and the release of Castillo who, he considers, is «unjustly imprisoned». The Aztec nation has emerged as a staunch defender of Castillo, and has even granted political asylum for his wife, Lilia Paredes, and their two children.

Former President Castillo is in prison after he announced early last December the dissolution of Parliament and the imposition of an emergency government. However, that decree did not gain support and the president ended up in prison, while Boluarte, until then his ‘number two’, took the reins of the Presidency.