Opinion: What Fujimori’s 1992 Coup Teaches Brazil in 2020

Support from the Peruvian population for the closure of Congress was only possible because Fujimori fostered a sense of fear required to warrant exceptional measures.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Twenty-eight years ago, in April 1992, then-President Alberto Fujimori - elected two years earlier as an outsider who vowed to fight the political establishment - surprised Peruvians with a national broadcast at 10:30 PM.

He analyzed the country's situation and protested against the "old politics," the obstructionist stance of the opposition-controlled legislature and the judiciary - groups that, he alerted, had united to prevent the country's change and the success of its administration.

He complained of "anti-national parliamentarianism" contaminated by the "vices of chieftaincy and clientelism". The politicized and corrupt justice system . . .

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