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Paraguayan indigenous people return to protests against April vote

Paraguayan indigenous people return to protests against April vote

Asunción, May 23 (Prensa Latina) Paraguayan indigenous people from the interior of the country arrive today to this capital to continue the protests against an alleged fraud in the April 30 elections, initiated by different parties early this month, reported the Police.

The police officers are preventing natives, who announced on social networks the resumption of the demonstrations, from concentrating on roads such as Eusebio Ayala near the Superior Court of Electoral Justice (TSJE), where they formed part of a massive mobilization, which was dispersed by two thousand agents on May 16 and 17.

Most of the streets and avenues have been cleared ‘so far’, but some 130 people from Alto Paraná and Caaguazú have already arrived in the city, confirmed the head of Prevention and Security of the National Police, Commissioner Carlos Benítez, quoted by radio station 780 AM.

The groups are made up -said the officer- of native peoples and others who come with the idea of demonstrating in front of the TSJE, but we have already warned them that this is forbidden, they will not be able to close”, explained the officer.

The Police has instructions to verify all the points announced in networks as possible targets of closures in order to avoid the repetition of episodes similar to those of weeks ago, said commissioner Benítez.

In mid-May, an operation of 2,000 agents cleared the areas surrounding the TSJE of protests by hundreds of people unhappy with the elections, which proclaimed former candidate Santiago Peña, of the governmental National Republican Association-Colorado Party, the winner with 42 percent of the votes.

On May 12, the TSJE transmitted its refusal to recount the votes of the elections and to call for an international audit of the voting machines and their operating system, requested by several political parties.

The demonstrations started on May 1st by Cubas and his followers, only hours after the conclusion of the April 30 elections, included violent acts such as the destruction of ambulances and police vehicles and were repressed with tear gas and rubber bullets by anti-riot agents, who arrested nearly 200 people.


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