“Weak government” should not have caved in, says Antezana

Sociologist and expert in the war on drugs Jaime Antezana today condemned the government’s decision to temporarily suspend coca eradication programs. He even said that even the government of former president Alejandro Toledo showed such weakness.

He argued that this agreement is unprecedented, and goes against international treaties on drug traffic that Peru has signed.“Now, with a little protest centered in Tocache” it has had to concede this point, he said.

He further maintained that this measure will bring complications, given that more than 90% of coca grown in Peru is sold illegally for use as a raw material in cocaine production.Analysts also fear that the concessions granted so quickly after so small-scale a protest may lead diverse other factions to engage in violent action as a proven way to gain results.

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