LIMA ( Associated Press) — Peru’s government has decided to block former Bolivian President Evo Morales and eight other compatriots from entering the country, saying they defied Peruvian President Dina Boluarte’s mandate regarding protests. against had politically converted in southern Peru. and groups with separatist initiatives in that region.
According to the Peruvian National Migration Superintendence, in recent months Bolivian citizens “entered the country to carry out activities of a political proselytizing nature.”
“This has clear implications for our immigration law, national security and Peru’s internal order,” the state unit alleged in a statement on Monday.
The decision was made on Friday the 6th, but was communicated three days later.
Peru’s prime minister, Alberto Otarola, argued that Morales and the other eight sanctioned Bolivians “have been very active in promoting a state of crisis in the country”, which led to the ban being instituted, which he described as a “quite firm decision”. described as Peruvian Government”.
“(Morales) will not enter Peru again until this obstacle is removed,” he insisted.
At a congressional commission convened Monday into Morales’ activities in southern Peru, Peruvian Foreign Minister Ana Gervasi said the Superintendent of Migration has the responsibility of dealing with the irregular flow of Bolivians and clearing those foreigners. Engage in behaviors that are incompatible with the migrant status they have been granted.
Regarding the Ranasur Forum, promoted by Morales and which a sector of the Peruvian Parliament promotes separatism, Gervasi indicated that his foreign ministry “does not tolerate any initiative that threatens our sovereignty and independence, the integrity of our territory”. , may endanger national security, national.” Dignity, full legitimacy of the democratic system or human rights and fundamental freedoms.
The Foreign Minister said that the appointment of a new Peruvian ambassador to Bolivia is pending and will be done “depending on the development of the circumstances of relations with that country”.
The previous ambassador, Carina Palacios, withdrew after calling for consultations in December in response to a statement issued by Bolivia with Mexico, Colombia and Argentina in support of Bolvarte’s predecessor, Pedro Castillo, who was ousted. .
Regarding requests from some congressmen to implement more drastic decisions regarding Bolivia, Gervasi qualified that it was not his region’s responsibility as Morales was not the head of state.
After highlighting the differences between Morales and the current President of Bolivia, Luis Arce, he said, “It is not up to us to break relations with a country whose ruler is not mentioned.” He claimed, “I’m not going to speak about internal affairs in Bolivia, but anyone who wants to Google will realize the connection between the two characters.”
Peru’s migration superintendent, Armando García, specified in the same congressional commission that the other eight Bolivians prevented from entering the country were Félix Cárdenas Aguilar, Cecilio Máximo Elsaca Quispe, Isabel Ala Condori, Edgar Ramos Laura, Mario Mita Daza. , Dionisio Núñez Tangaray, Delina Chile Mamani and Francisca Alvarado Pinto, former Bolivian officials or associates of Morales or his political group, MAS.
Peruvian politicians question the participation of Morales and his entourage in meetings with groups opposed to the Boluaarte government in the Puno region, located in southern Peru and bordering Bolivia. Criticism grows ahead of separatist initiatives from some groups that propose that southern Peru break away as an independent state.
Conservative Congressman Jorge Montoya filed a criminal complaint against Morales, whom he accused of promoting the secession of Peru and demanded that he be barred from entering the country. His colleague on the bench, José Cueto, asked that the former Bolivian president be captured.
Protests against the Boluaarte government continue in a new phase, after resuming after a partial ceasefire at the end of the year holidays. Seizures are more intense in southern Peru. The protesters are demanding the resignation of the president, the shutdown of Congress and new elections. There are those who also demand that Pedro Castillo, Boluarte’s predecessor who was deposed and imprisoned and investigated for alleged insurrection, should be released.
More than 20 people have been killed and hundreds injured in the protests that began in December. The prosecutor’s office has opened an investigation into Boluaarte and his ministers for the deaths.
Boluaarte took over the government after Castillo, who was president through 2021, was ousted by Congress on December 7 after trying to dissolve the state’s power with a televised message. The current president was the vice president and was elected on the same list with his predecessor. Parliament swore him in on the same day that Castillo was deposed as his constitutional successor.
Castillo was arrested while he was in a vehicle with his entourage on an avenue in the center of Lima. According to the prosecutor’s office, he was on his way to the Mexican embassy to seek political asylum.