Saturday, April 1, 2017

Paraguay's Congress Set On Fire By Rioters Over Re-Election Vote

BBC: Paraguay congress set on fire as election protests turn deadly

Demonstrators in Paraguay have set fire to the country's parliament during violent protests against a bill that would lift presidential term limits.

One activist was killed by a blow to the head which the opposition blamed on a rubber bullet fired by police.

Under the 1992 constitution, introduced after the dictatorship, a head of state may only serve a single five-year term.

But sitting President Horacio Cartes is trying to remove the restriction and run for re-election.

Protesters were photographed smashing in windows of the congress building in the capital, Asuncion, on Friday night and setting fire to the interior.

Protesters "ransacked" the offices of those who had backed the bill, AFP news agency reports.

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More News On Paraguay's Congress Being Set On Fire By Rioters Over Re-Election Vote

Protester dies during clashes over Paraguay re-election -- Reuters
Clashes, fire at Paraguay congress after re-election vote -- AP
Paraguayan rioters storm Congress over constitutional reform bill -- AFP
Protests Erupt in Paraguay Over Efforts to Extend President’s Term -- NYT
Protesters set fire inside Paraguay congress building after presidential re-election confirmed -- FOX News
Paraguay: Protesters set fire to Congress after secret vote that could extend President's rule -- The Independent
Paraguay congress building set ablaze after contenious vote -- UPI
Paraguayans Set Congress Ablaze to Protest Re-Election Rule -- Bloomberg
Congressional building set on fire in Paraguay -- CNN
Protesters set Paraguay Congress ablaze, 30+ casualties in clashes with police (PHOTOS, VIDEO) -- RT

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