The Peruvian Congress declares the president of Colombia persona non grata

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The Congress of Peru declared “ungrateful person” to the Colombian president, Gustavo Petro, who a few days ago compared the Peruvian police to Nazi troops.

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The motion, approved on Friday evening with 72 votes in favour, 29 against and 7 abstentions, establishes that “persona non grata to Gustavo PetroPresident of Colombia” and urges the Executive to “guarantee” that the Colombian head of state “Do not enter the national territory”.

Last weekend, Petro referred to the mobilization of troops by Peruvian police in central Lima, as unions and social organizations gathered a few blocks away, to protest against President Dina Boluarte.

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They march like Nazis against their own peoplein breach of the American Convention on Human Rights,” the then-leftist president said.

After these statements, the Congressional Foreign Relations Committee approved a proposed statement to “defend the State Police”, since “no one can offend you by saying they are Nazi troops”according to its president, conservative MP María del Carmen Alva, presenting the proposal before the plenary session.

As a result, the Peruvian parliament called Petro’s statements “unacceptable” and considered that they “constituted a crime against the Peruvian police, the Republic of Peru and, trivializing the Holocaust, they also constitute an offense to the entire Jewish people“.

Petro, along with the governments of Mexico, Bolivia and Argentina, has expressed its support for deposed former Peruvian president Pedro Castillo, held in a Lima prison since December 7, accused of rebellion after trying to dissolve Congress and rule by decree.

Castillo’s removal from power has sparked a wave of protests in Peru, which has so far resulted in the deaths of at least 48 civilians.

Since Boluarte came to power, Peruvian diplomacy has had several frictions with the governments of Colombia, Mexico, Argentina and Bolivia.

Indeed, at the end of December, the Peruvian Congress had already approved a motion rejecting the “interference” in the country’s internal affairs by Petro and the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who had expressed criticism of the management of the crisis Boluarte.

Mexico also granted asylum to the Castillo family, which led the Peruvian executive to expel the Mexican ambassador in Lima.

Source: Clarin

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