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Mexico’s relationship with Peru: why does López Obrador support Pedro Castillo?

This week, Pedro Castillo He was arrested after trying to give a coup d’état and close the Peruvian Congress. Given the fact, he tried to obtain political asylum from Mexico.

President Andres Manuel Lopez He stated that he would give him asylum at the embassy. However, it is not the first time that Mexico has shown its support for Castillo.

Given the fact, several Peruvian citizens tried to block access to the Mexican embassy in Lima, thus showing their annoyance against what the foreign minister said Marcelo Ebrad, who assured that he would give Castillo asylum.

Pedro Castillo in the message to the nation where he announces the resolution of Congress on December 7, 2022. (AFP).

the mexican tradition

It is well known that the Latin American country offers political asylum to different high-level political leaders, such as the former president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, in 2019.

Similarly, the country welcomed Spaniards who escaped the Civil War and Chileans who left their country after the coup that overthrew Salvador Allende in 1973.

The list of refugees is long, such as Manuel Zelaya from Honduras, the Nobel Prize winner in 1992, Rigoberta Menchú. the Spanish filmmaker Luis Buñuel and the Soviet ideologist León Trotsky.

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AMLO’s defense

López Obrador showed his support for Castillo in the face of criticism of his government. In November, the Mexican president called racist Peruvian congressmen who denied Castillo’s trip to Mexico.

The President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), speaks about the political crisis in Peru during a press conference at the National Palace in Mexico City.  (EFE/Mario Guzman).

The President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), speaks about the political crisis in Peru during a press conference at the National Palace in Mexico City. (EFE/Mario Guzman).

López affirmed that there is “racism” after the attempt of lto “elite and conservative” to remove the now former president. “What interests them are their privileges, and above all the privilege of commanding, and more in this case that they consider it from the mountains, racism is added to it, so they don’t want it”he declared.

“Imagine the president of Peru, he has, I think in a year, three political trials, one accusing him of being out of his mind, of being crazy. Another accusing him of crime. And the latter, already to the extreme, that there is a risk with him that he can give Bolivia access to the sea ”, added.

READ ALSO: López Obrador confirms that Pedro Castillo sought asylum at the Mexican Embassy

pacific summit

The regional integration initiative of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru It was one of the reasons for integration between both leaders.

The original date for the event would be November 25, but given the refusal of the Peruvian Congress not to let Castillo out, the summit was canceled in November.

Thus, AMLO affirmed that he would travel to Lima to transfer the leadership of the Pacific Alliance to Castillo.

Source: Gestion

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