Paraguay: military unleashed to fight guerillas

Paraguay's Congress on Aug. 22 voted up broad powers allowing the executive branch to use the armed forces for domestic policing—just one week after new President Horacio Cartes was sworn in, returning the once-entrenched right-wing Colorado Party to power after a hiatus of five years.  The vote follows a "state of alert" declared Aug. 18 after rebels of the Paraguayan People's Army (EPP) attacked the Brazilian-owned Kororó estate in Tacuatí, San Pedro department, killing four private guards and then engaging National Police troops who responded, injuring one. The left-nationalist EPP, which took up arms in 2005, has been increasingly active in the north of the country in recent months, attacking police posts and demanding redistribution of the landed estates to the peasantry. (BBC News, Ultima Hora, Paraguay, Aug. 22; La Nación, Paraguay, BBC News, DPA, Aug. 18; Ultima Hora, Aug. 17; BBC News, Aug. 15)

The EPP has its own YouTube channel with homespun musical propaganda videos, which are considerably better from a critical standpoint than those of the Shining Path or the FARC.




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Paraguay: guerilla attacks escalate

In the latest attack by the Paraguayan People's Army (EPP), a militayr-police Mixed Task Force patrol was ambushed April 2 at Paso Tuja, Azotey municipality, Concepción department. The ensuing clash left three dead, including a soldier and two guerillas fighters. (Ultima Hora)