Weekly Report - 25 August 2022 (WR-22-34)

Peruvian rebel released amid political crisis

As if Peru’s political drama were not compelling enough already, one more actor joined the cast this week: Antauro Humala walked out of the Ancón II prison in northern Lima. The ultra-nationalist brother of former president Ollanta Humala (2011-2016) was released from jail on 20 August after serving 17 years of a 19-year sentence for an armed revolt in 2005, dubbed the ‘Andahuaylazo’, against the government led by Alejandro Toledo (2001-2006). The political opposition accused President Pedro Castillo of orchestrating his early release so that he can stir up support for the government at a time when corruption charges are closing in on Castillo and his family. This is a stretch. He might have been welcomed by the far-left Perú Libre (PL) that brought Castillo to power but Antauro Humala does not do other people’s bidding and he was greeted with shouts of “president, president” from supporters gathered outside his prison.

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