Sudden Instability in Peru is a Concern

Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski

What kind of situation am I heading into in a few days? Right now Peru, a country noted for it’s political instability, is in a highly volatile situation with the current President, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (commonly referred to as PPK in Peru), facing the possibility of impeachment as early as today only 10 days after reports of possible bribery in the massive Brazilian Odebrecht scandal that has rocked South America.

Nearly empty streets in the busiest part of Iquitos on the morning after violent riots back in 2013. I saw numerous fires and a burning car during the protests.

I’ve been in Peru through numerous strikes that shut down much of the country. I’ve witnessed scary protest marches with armed citizens that brought out riot police and seen the results of violent protests that shut a city down for a couple of days and caused people to hide in their homes.

I’m hoping that things will not be so bad considering it is the Christmas season, but this time of year also means a lot of people may not be working and have time to voice their unhappiness the current events unfolding right now. Kuczynski is very unpopular right now after winning by a razor-thin margin back in June over Keiko Fujimori, daughter of a former President currently in prison because of embezzlement, bribery, and civil rights crimes including his participation in murder and kidnapping.

You can’t make this stuff up, though Kuczynski’s situation is eerily reminiscent of U.S. political events.

Fortunately, this sort of thing is reasonably common and many people have a laissez faire attitude about the unrest that comes with political instability. Most just accept it and make sure to stay out of the way as much as possible until things settle down. Of course, there’s no telling when that will be in this extremely unpredictable times.

This could be a very, very interesting trip…

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