In late April, the International Foundation for Freedom, headed by Peruvian Literature Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa, issued a statement warning against the rise of authoritarianism in Latin America due to the coronavirus pandemic. Among the signatories were well-known defenders of neoliberal ideas in Latin America and Spain, such as Vargas Llosa himself and the former presidents Mauricio Macri (Argentina), José María Aznar (Spain), and Alvaro Uribe (Colombia). The statement expressed concern “about the measures taken in some countries that have indefinitely restricted basic freedoms and rights” in the name of the combatting the virus.
Gustavo Robles is an Argentinian scholar at the National University of La Plata, where he was a researcher at the Humanities and Social Sciences Research Institute and Associate Professor at the Department of Education. He holds a PhD in philosophy and studied philosophy and history at the National University of Tucumán (the city of his birth) and at the National University of La Plata.