Latin America

National football shirt at the center of political disputes in Peru

As has become the case in Brazil, the Peruvian national football team jersey has become a symbol of the country's right-wing movement

peru Keiko Fujimori meets supporters in Arequipa. Photo: Edson Flores Silloca/Shutterstock
Keiko Fujimori meets supporters in Arequipa. Photo: Edson Flores Silloca/Shutterstock

Much of Brazil’s current climate of political polarization can be traced back to 2013, when demonstrations against rising public transport fares in São Paulo morphed into a nationwide protest movement, as citizens expressed their general dissatisfaction with politics and the Brazilian state.

After an initial salvo caused the São Paulo government to cave and President Dilma Rousseff to announce a series of political reform measures, the protests were co-opted by Brazil’s jingoistic right-wing, who directed their ire at Ms. Rousseff’s administration. 

The president was later impeached in 2016.

These movements relied heavily on the use of patriotic symbols:...

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