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Land controversy in Paraguay stokes violence

Last year, 17 people were killed in a gun battle outside Curuguaty, a small town in eastern Paraguay. Peasants occupied land owned by a former senator from the Colorado party, which ruled Paraguay for most of the 20th century, including the dark days of dictator Alfredo Stroessner. The peasants claimed the land was stolen from them during the 1990s. The event led to the impeachment and removal of President Fernando Lugo. Last month, a public prosecutor wanted to charge ten of the peasants involved in the violence with attempted homicide, despite a lack of physical evidence. Peasants are outraged and they are armed. Worldview speaks about the issue with Eduardo A. Gamarra, a professor at Florida International University.

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