The BL News—Across Latin America-02-27-2019

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The BL News—Across Latin America-02-27-2019

-Accusations of Political persecution in Ecuador
- OAS Secretary General calls the constitutional referendum in Cuba a fraud
- thousands of coffee growers go to work in the coca fields in Peru
- Hundreds of Venezuelans in Colombia hope to return to their country

Accusations of Political persecution in Ecuador

A new report concluded that the government of former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa promoted political persecution in the past decade.

Ecuador's Justice officials based its opinion on the collection of 247 cases of political persecution that occurred between 2007 and 2017.

The body said the former president and other government officials used the justice system and propaganda to persecute opponents and criminalize social protests.

Paúl Jácome requested the investigation of 495 judges, co-judges and prosecutors implicated in the violation of the judicial processes, 14 of whom are high officials.

Angélica Porra, a former member of the Judiciary Council, said new investigations should be initiated because there are more cases of persecution.

OAS Secretary General calls the constitutional referendum in Cuba a fraud

The Secretary-General of the OAS, described the referendum of the Cuban regime as a fraud, which showed that 86.8% of Cubans wanted to modify the Constitution.

He also said he would not recognize the acts or the institutions created by the new Constitution, which he considers anti-democratic.

The Secretary-General joined the numerous voices that both inside and outside the island denounced the illegitimacy of the constitutional reforms.

U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton declared that the aim of the referendum was to cover up the repression of the Cuban regime.

Many Cuban activists denounced more than a hundred detainees, manipulation of ballots, rigged counts, and in the previous days: assaults, robberies, and violent detentions.

Thousands of coffee growers go to work in the coca fields in Peru

Thousands of coffee growers in Peru are migrating to coca tree growing areas to survive and meet the tuition costs of their children.

The National Coffee Board stated that coffee growers are forced to seek employment in coca crops due to the low prices of Peruvian coffee in the international market.

Tomás Córdova, president of the Board, pointed out that the most serious thing is the indifference of the authorities at all levels in the face of this economic, social and security crisis.

He also denounced that coca cultivation continues to multiply in several areas of the country as well as drug trafficking networks.

Hundreds of Venezuelans in Colombia hope to return to their country

Hundreds of Venezuelans are camping in the Colombian city of Cúcuta waiting to return to their country.

They crossed into Colombia to support the entry of humanitarian aid on February 23, but after the riots and the subsequent closure of borders ordered by both countries, they were left on the Colombian side.
Now, they fear that the Venezuelan police will retaliate when borders reopen, and they try to return to their country.

For the time being, they survive on aid and donations provided by the locals.

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