INTELDROP 14 March 2016 [Latin America]

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Latin America Correspondent – Sam Farnan

Massive Protests Across Brazil

13 March 2016

New York Times (RIO DE JANEIRO): – Millions of Brazilians turned out Sunday to protest an ever-growing political scandal between the ruling leftist Workers Party and Petrobras, Brazil’s state-run oil company. Many called for the impeachment of current President Dilma Rouseff who finds herself at the center of the corruption scandal. Critics allege she mismanaged state funds and turned a blind eye towards bribery and corruption committed by Petrobras and large construction companies during her time in government. Earlier this week prosecutors also sought former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva for money laundering, a charge he denies. Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/14/world/americas/brazil-dilma-rousseff-protests.html?_r=0 (Reliability: High)

Colombian Peace Treaty Delayed

11 March 2016

Breitbart (HAVANA) – The long-awaited date for the government of Colombia and the leftist FARC guerilla group to sign a peace treaty will be postponed due to incomplete negotiations.  However, both sides are in agreement that patience should outweigh any pre-determined date of success or failure. Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos remarked “after all this effort, all this time, if we haven’t reached a good deal by the 23rd, I’ll propose to the other side to create another deadline.” The conflict between the Colombian government and the left-wing FARC dates back to the 1960s. It is estimated that over 200,000 people have been killed in the fighting since then. Source:http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2016/03/11/colombia-farc-terror-group-postpone-peace-deal-signing/ (Reliability: Moderate)

Venezuelan Opposition Protests Seek to Oust President

12 March 2016

BBC (CARACAS) – On the heels of protests last week, thousands of Venezuelans took the streets and called for President Nicholas Maduro to resign. Already this year the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) that controls the legislative branch argues it is being restricted by the Socialist-controlled executive and judiciary branches. The opposition called upon the Organization of American States to intervene and also have pledged to hold a referendum to impeach Maduro later this year. Additionally, Venezuelans loyal to Maduro held protests this week in response to U.S. led sanctions that were put in place due to what the Obama Administration sees as “repression of opposition leaders”. Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-35796096 (Reliability: High)

Peruvian Presidential Candidate Disqualified

11 March 2016

ABC NEWS (LIMA) – A presidential candidate in Peru was disqualified less than a month before the general election on April 10 for what are being called “petty reasons” by critics. Julio Guzman, an economist who challenged front-runner Keiko Fujimori was blocked from running on Wednesday. Citing the party’s vehicle to which he was nominated, the Peruvian election council felt Guzman’s party violated its own rules. Even if Guzman is not successful in overturning the disqualification, Fujimori still faces an uphill battle for the Presidency. She is also the daughter of Alberto Fujimori, Peru’s former repressive and corrupt leader who is currently imprisoned. Source: http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/elimination-peru-presidential-candidate-sows-confusion-37582016 (Reliability: Moderate)

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