Posts Tagged ‘Horacio Cartes’

Curuguaty, Paraguay: The parliamentary coup and the jailing of the poor

Friday, August 7th, 2015

CuruguatyThe Curuguaty massacre was a perfect political maneuver: it removed President Fernando Lugo, who had brought up the agrarian question for the first time in decades

[Translation of an article from Carta Maior of São Paulo, Brazil, for July 31, 2015. See original here and related articles here, here, here and here.]

By Mariana Serafini

This week Paraguay will witness another attempt by the judicial system to jail the poor and to weaken social movements. The political prisoners charged with killing six policemen during the 2012 episode which came to be known as the Curuguaty massacre will probably be tried next Monday, August 3. The trial was postponed for the fifth time last Tuesday after the defendants requested a change of lawyers just as the first hearing began.

The Curuguaty massacre was the result of a police action intended to expel the Marina Kue settlement of landless farmers, located in the municipality of Curuguaty, in the northern part of Paraguay. The conflict ended with 11 campesinos and six policemen dead. Sixteen agricultural workers were arrested during the event, two of them minors. Currently, 11 are still being detained in open-air prisons and the leader, Rubén Villalba, is still in the Tacumbú prison, in the metropolitan area of the capital, Asunción. The police violence was completely out of proportion; the settlement consisted of about 50 families, who were taken by surprise by a force of more than 300 policemen supported by helicopters and elite sharpshooters. (more…)

Paraguay: President Cartes can now use armed forces against any threat

Monday, September 2nd, 2013
((Cartes reviews the troops -- AP photo by César Olmedo))

((Cartes reviews the troops — AP photo by César Olmedo))

Militarization is now the law

[Translation of an article from Página/12 of Buenos Aires, Argentina, for August 23, 2013. See original here and related article here.]

By Diego Brom

Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes will be able to use the military to fight against armed groups, by the provisions of a bill that was passed by Congress yesterday. The [leftist opposition party] Frente Guasú is against the measure because it believes it gives the president extraordinary powers.

Cartes will be able to send in the armed forces “to take on any form of foreign or domestic aggression that endangers the sovereignty, the independence or the territorial integrity of the country,” according to the legislation approved in record time by both chambers after the killing of five people on Saturday at a farm in the Tacuatí district, some 350 kilometers north of Asunción, which was attributed to the so-called Ejército Popular Paraguayo (EPP). (more…)

The governments of Latin America after Chávez

Monday, May 6th, 2013

[Translation of an opinion piece from La Jornada of Mexico City for May 5, 2013. See original here.]

By Guillermo Almeyra

From the point of view of governments and institutions, the changes in Latin America brought about by the death of Hugo Chávez are important but not fundamental. The Venezuelan revolutionary process is weaker and its adversaries are therefore stronger, but if the leadership of the state and of the PSUV (Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela) are determined, with the support of their bases, to radicalize and deepen transformation of the country, if they reduce waste and improve somewhat the distribution of food and goods, social change could take a new leap forward, since the current moderate recovery in consumption and production in the United States, Venezuela’s principal market, gives certain stability to the price of oil.

This is the basis, on the other hand, of the security offered by the Maduro administration to Cuba, ALBA (Alianza Bolivariana para los Pueblos de Nuestra América — Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America) and the Caribbean against the uproar of the Venezuelan Right about the “giveaway” of oil and financial support to Venezuela’s allies and against the same concessions of this kind that the right-wing Chavistas want to make to the anti-Chavista Right. At the same time, in Brazil, with next year’s elections impending, the Right does not seem to have either a clear candidate or the possibility of winning; the economy is somewhat better and the government enjoys the support of the transnationals, agribusiness and domestic large-scale capital, to which it has made considerable concessions, and it does not face strong social protests. (more…)

The same old Paraguay

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

x cartes[Translation of an article from Carta Maior of Brazil for April 30, 2013. See original here and related article here.]

By Eric Nepomuceno

Fernando Lugo, removed by force from the Paraguayan presidency last year through an unusual parliamentary coup – he was tried and convicted in 48 hours, with no time for a defense – was as evasive as he was inconsistent. What seemed at the outset to be a hurricane of hope for change turned out in the end to be a breeze. The fragile movements meant to change, even if only a little, the deformed face of an unjust and rotten country, led to nothing.

Now everything is back on track. A candidate for the Partido Colorado, the very same party that for decades smothered the country in violence, corruption and fraud, has been elected president. His name is Horacio Cartes. He is a controversial businessman, a millionaire many times over, completely inexperienced (okay, it is true that he presided over a soccer club, but in politics, nothing) and with an embarrassing list of accusations against him that range from money laundering to the smuggling of cigarettes. At the age of 56 he had never in his life voted. (more…)