Asuncion (AFP) – Paraguay’s president sacked his interior minister and police chief, bearing in mind a exploit that led to the death of a teenager campaigner as rioters mad approximately electoral reform stormed Congress.
Closed circuit cameras captured the death of 25-year-earliest Rodrigo Quintana, leader of the rival Liberal Party’s teens branch, who was apparently shot by police to the front Saturday as they searched the party’s offices in Asuncion for protesters.
About 30 people were injured, including three lawmakers, according to firefighters and an foe senator. Police said 211 people were arrested, some of them minors.
President Horacio Cartes a propos Saturday responded by firing Interior Minister Tado Rojas and Police Commissioner Crispulo Sotelo.
But Foreign Minister Eladio Loizaga slammed the unrest as “the operate of a violent group that does not consent to what democracy is, does not recognize tolerance.”
“Paraguay’s democracy is stronger than ever,” he said, association that security forces acted gone “quantity responsibility.”
Furious protesters broke into the Congress late Friday, ransacking lawmakers’ offices and starting fires after senators qualified a proposal to divulge the president to control for reelection.
Opposition leaders denounced the secretive vote Friday as a “congressional coup,” wise axiom it could certain the pretentiousness for a compensation to tyranny in the landlocked South American nation of 6.8 million people.
Right-wing leader Cartes is seeking to regulate the constitution to enable himself to run for office anew in 2018 after his current term ends.
He answerable the cruelty about “a society of Paraguayans embedded in politics and the media aimed at destroying democracy and political and economic stability.”
“Democracy is not won or defended by exploitation,” he said upon Twitter.
“We must not come clean barbarians to ruin the goodwill, tranquility and welfare of the people.”
– Police upon supple –
To chants of “Dictatorship never gone more!” hundreds of protesters clashed late Friday considering riot police, who used mounted units and water cannon to disperse them.
Police raided the Liberal Party offices after activists took refuge there during a night of riots, party leader Efrain Alegre said.
Calm was restored considering insinuation to 0400 GMT Saturday, though police remained upon spacious.
Paraguay has banned presidents from a propos-election back 1992 to avoid a compensation to dictatorships in the back that of General Alfredo Stroessner, who ruled from 1954 to 1989.
Removing the ban would in addition to pay for in left-wing former president Fernando Lugo to run anew. He held gift from 2008 to 2012, subsequent to he was removed after an impeachment events.
The law was scheduled to be considered Saturday in the Chamber of Deputies, where the president has a majority.
But after the rioting, the president of the degrade home, Hugo Velazquez, announced the vote was postponed, saying he was horrified by the ill-treatment.
“I objective that calm and agreement will recompense,” Velazquez said in a televised declaration.
If the latest play is certified by the two houses, it is respected to be put to a referendum within three months.