On January 31 the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) and its member unions held a Solidarity Day with the people of Peru in struggle against the violent, US backed coup regime that overthrew President Pedro Castillo.
At least 60 people have been killed by the police or military in demonstrations and blockades resisting the coup.
The World Federation of Trade Unions fully condemns the anti-democratic and authoritarian practices of the regime in Peru with murders, detentions, and blatant violation of even the most fundamental human rights of the Peruvian people.
The international class-oriented trade union movement once again stands beside the people of Peru and demands an immediate end to the bloodshed, the abuse of power, and the abnormal and unconstitutional developments that followed the removal of the president of Peru.
We unequivocally condemn the violent repression against the people’s demonstrations and workers’ struggles and freedoms and the murderous violence of the repressing mechanisms resulting in tens of dead protesters.
It is obvious that all the old and dirty tactics have been used, taking advantage of infiltrators and vandals who have nothing to do with the authentic workers’ movement, in order to delegitimize the mobilizations and target the class-oriented trade unions, their leadership, and to criminalize the protests and their just demands.
The World Federation of Trade Unions joins its voice with the Peruvian Working Class demanding:
-The immediate and unconditional release of all the trade unionists and protesters who are detained and the end of the repression and ongoing political prosecutions.
-Fully respecting of the trade union and democratic rights, including the unalienable right to protest and strike.
– Ensure conditions for the effective execution of the democratic right of the Peruvian people to freely decide for their present and future, without any discriminatory and authoritarian acts.
– Implementation of the just workers’ demands for dignified working and living conditions and satisfaction of contemporary needs.
The WFTU Secretariat is organizing an International Solidarity Day with the people of Peru on January 31st, 2023, and calls the WFTU affiliates as well as all the militant, class-oriented trade unions all over the globe to actively participated in International Solidarity Day.
For photos of actions by the WFTU around the world see: WFTU » WFTU Solidarity Day with the people of Peru on January 31st, 2023 (wftucentral.org)