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Paraguay: Rural Associations Protest Land Occupations

Source:  Copyright 2008, Inter Press Service
Date:  December 15, 2008
Byline:  Natalia Ruiz Díaz
Original URL: Status ONLINE

Agribusiness and landowners’ associations in Paraguay began two days of demonstrations around the country Monday, demanding a stop to invasions of large estates by landless farmers.

The measure drew fire from social organisations, especially small farmers’ associations.

The landowners parked tractors and other agricultural machinery along the sides of roads early Monday morning, mainly in the farming departments (provinces) of San Pedro in central Paraguay and Itapúa and Alto Paraná in the southeast.

The call for the demonstration was issued several weeks ago by the Coordinadora Agrícola del Paraguay (CAP), which was joined by two other rural associations, the Unión de Gremios de la Producción (UGP) and the Asociación Rural de Paraguay (ARP), as well as the Federación de la Producción, la Industria y el Comercio (FEPRINCO), a trade and industrial association.

The organisers hope to line at least 1,000 km of roads with their ...

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