Latin America

Zapatistas ‘invade’ Madrid to mark Spanish conquest anniversary

Rebels hold a defiant commemoration in the Spanish capital to say they are ‘still here resisting’. In the summer of 1521, Spanish conquistadors led by Hernan Cortes looted and destroyed the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan. Today, 500 years later, Mexico’s indigenous Zapatistas are holding their own “invasion” of the Spanish …

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Haiti to hold presidential, other elections in November

Haiti will hold a presidential election on November 7, following the assassination of President Jovenel Moise last month, which threw the country into political chaos. According to reports, Haiti’s provisional electoral council said legislative elections, delayed since 2019, and a constitutional referendum that had been twice postponed due to the …

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Report reveals illegal detention and torture in Colombia protests

‘These events are extremely serious and must be investigated diligently, independently and impartially,’ Amnesty International says. Colombian authorities unlawfully detained, tortured, and used lethal weapons against peaceful protesters during the demonstrations that have swept the country since April, said a new report from Amnesty International. Through an “exhaustive digital verification” …

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Peru swears in new President Pedro Castillo

Former teachers’ union leader faces challenges of forming a government, tackling the COVID-19 crisis, and uniting the nation. Peru has sworn in new President Pedro Castillo, a leftist former teachers’ union leader who already faces mounting challenges to build his government, tackle the coronavirus crisis and unite a deeply polarised …

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