Paraguay Coup: Will Obama Join Latin America and Condemn Ouster of President Fernando Lugo?

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An enlargeable map of the Republic of Paraguay

An enlargeable map of the Republic of Paraguay (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jun 25, 2012 by – Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo has been ousted in what he has described as a parliamentary coup. On Friday, the Paraguayan Senate voted 39-to-4 to impeach Lugo, saying he had failed in his duty to maintain social order following a recent land dispute which resulted in the deaths of six police officers and 11 peasant farmers. A former priest, Lugo was once called the “Bishop of the Poor” and was known for defending peasant rights. Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, Chile and Uruguay have all condemned Lugo’s ouster, but the question remains whether the Obama administration will recognize the new government. Continue reading

Paraguay: Obama’s Second Latin American Coup by Shamus Cooke

An enlargeable map of the Republic of Paraguay

An enlargeable map of the Republic of Paraguay (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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by Shamus Cooke
June 23, 2012

The recent coup against Paraguay’s democratically elected president is not only a blow to democracy, but an attack against the working and poor population that supported and elected President Fernando Lugo, whom they see as a bulwark against the wealthy elite who’ve dominated the country for decades.

The U.S. mainstream media and politicians are not calling the events in Paraguay a coup, since the president is being “legally impeached” by the elite-dominated Paraguayan Congress. But as economist Mark Weisbrot explains in the Guardian:

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Venezuela Decries Attempted Coup in Paraguay, UNASUR Requests President’s Defense Guarantees

An enlargeable map of the Republic of Paraguay

An enlargeable map of the Republic of Paraguay (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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By AVN / Prensa Latina
June 22, 2012

The secretary general of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), Alí Rodríguez of Venezuela, said yesterday that guarantees ensuring a proper defense should be established in the proceedings against Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo.

Rodríguez said that due process must be respected in the case against the head of state, including providing the necessary time to prepare his defense.

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Paraguay: Lugo sworn in, Chavez pledges aid by Tamara Pearson

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Posted with permission from Green Left Weekly

Tamara Pearson
22 August 2008

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has promised new Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo “all the oil he needs” during a public event in Uruguay after Lugo was inaugurated on August 15.

The election of Lugo, a retired Catholic priest, on April 20 broke 61 years of domination by the right-wing Colorado Party.

Lugo won on the basis of his promises to fight poverty and corruption and has quickly become close to other Latin American left-wing governments critical of the United States.

The swearing in ceremony occurred on August 15 and the following day Chavez and Lugo travelled together to San Pedro, one of the poorest states of Paraguay, which is also a base for peasant and more radical organisations that frequently protest and occupy farms to claim land to work on.

The only Latin American governments not present at the inauguration were Colombian President Alvaro Uribe and Peruvian President Alan Garcia — the presidents considered closest to the US.

Chavez’s promised oil deal involves raising the amount of barrels of oil that Venezuela sends to Paraguay to 25,000 barrels daily. The two presidents also discussed constructing a refinery in Paraguay.

The initiative formed part of a total of 12 agreements of cooperation signed with Paraguay.

Chavez saw the agreements as part of a “historic debt” to help with “the development of the Paraguayan people, their industry and agriculture”.

Lugo and Chavez also agreed to incorporate Paraguay into Telesur (Television of the South), a Venezuela-pushed initiative for a Latin American-wide TV channel.

Another agreement was the creation of a fertiliser plant jointly with Venezuela to develop the region.

They also agreed to develop the “Mission Miracle 2″ project, by creating two ophthalmology centres in Paraguay. The mission deals with the diagnosis and treatment of eye disorders and diseases.

Further, there was an agreement to implement a program of cooperation around food security and sovereignty, another to create a national agri-ecological institute, as part of the Energy Agreement of Caracas, and another about the environment.

Chavez also proposed to Lugo to start a literacy campaign, in which Venezuela is available to cooperate.

The agreements reached with Venezuela were amongst Lugo’s first actions as president.

Chavez also requested the support of Paraguay for Venezuela’s entrance into Mercosur (Common Market of the South).

Chavez called for the unity of the people of Latin America as a formula to be truly independent.

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