There is a Politico article that is being tossed around on some of the “Stranded in Peru” Facebook groups that is being used by apparently the uneducated to blame the Peruvian government for their inability to return home.
I reached my limit with this and responded with this post on one of the groups:
“Come on folks! This article is getting passed around all over the internet and people are using it as a reason to blame everything on Peru.March 24, 2020
What is their source — a single (one!) unnamed “US official”. Anyone who know even the most basics of journalism 101 knows you get multiple confirmations from multiple sources.
And they also quote a named, on the record Peruvian source that disputes that. No one seems to mention that part of the article, do they?
Stop acting like your watching Fox News and looking for someone to blame without evidence.
Whatever happened to critical thinking skills…”
While it may be true, there is nothing in the article than indicates anything is Peru’s fault.
Apply a little logic here — what would be Peru’s reason for this? Hmmm, let’s piss off the US government and promote a ton of bad publicity because you want to get your own citizens flown back for free.
Of course, this whole claim by that unnamed official somehow ignored the fact that the Peruvian government had already allocated about $3 million to bring it’s citizens home and is paying for flights back from all over the world.
That part was somehow left out.
Whatever happened to critical thinking skills…
Something else that was posted today was a video in which the poster claimed it showed that a tourist was “stuffed” in a police car. He used this to attack both the Peruvian police and military and said the US Embassy the State Department should be made aware that civil rights were being denied here.
First of all, the suspension of some rights was announced nine days ago directly by the President of Peru when he decreed the current State of Emergency across the country. I’m pretty sure that the US Embassy and the State Department didn’t miss something like this. In fact, pretty much everyone who bothered to pay minimal attention knew this.
Except for him.
He also admitted that he had no idea who was in the video. He didn’t know if the person getting in the back of the car — obviously not “stuffed” — was a tourist or not. For all he knew, the person was a elderly, disabled woman getting a ride home from the grocery store.
Huh? He admitted he lied just to go on the attack of things of which he was totally ignorant.
I know the difficulty of getting information in a challenging time is incredibly frustrating when you just want to go home. However, I fail to see the purpose of trying to place blame on someone when you have no evidence if it’s really their fault.
I know that’s how things have gotten in the US the past few years, but I wouldn’t suggest making yourself look really bad by doing it. Stop, think about what you’re doing and saying, and keep trying to do the right thing. Blaming Peru for the effects of COVID-19 that are out of their control is a bad look.