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Paraguay: Eyewitness recounts death of protester in Asuncion riots02:19

Paraguay: Eyewitness recounts death of protester in Asuncion riots

Paraguay, Asuncion
April 2, 2017 at 07:55 GMT -00:00 · Published

An eye witness, Saturday, described the death of a protester who was allegedly killed by police in the Paraguayan capital of Asuncion during riots on Friday night. The demonstrations culminated in protesters storming the offices of Congress and setting fire to the building.

During the protests, riot police reportedly stormed the headquarters of the opposition Authentic Radical Liberal Party, where an officer allegedly fatally shot 25-year-old Rodrigo Quintana.

Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes has since fired the interior minister and chief of police following the unrest. The police officer identified as being responsible for shooting Quintana has been arrested.

Some 200 protesters were also detained by police, who fired rubber bullets and used water cannons to regain control.

The protests broke out after the senate held a secret vote and approved a bill amending the constitution to allow a second presidential term. The current constitution, written in 1992, limits the head of state to a single five-year term as a guard against dictatorship.

Paraguay: Eyewitness recounts death of protester in Asuncion riots02:19
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An eye witness, Saturday, described the death of a protester who was allegedly killed by police in the Paraguayan capital of Asuncion during riots on Friday night. The demonstrations culminated in protesters storming the offices of Congress and setting fire to the building.

During the protests, riot police reportedly stormed the headquarters of the opposition Authentic Radical Liberal Party, where an officer allegedly fatally shot 25-year-old Rodrigo Quintana.

Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes has since fired the interior minister and chief of police following the unrest. The police officer identified as being responsible for shooting Quintana has been arrested.

Some 200 protesters were also detained by police, who fired rubber bullets and used water cannons to regain control.

The protests broke out after the senate held a secret vote and approved a bill amending the constitution to allow a second presidential term. The current constitution, written in 1992, limits the head of state to a single five-year term as a guard against dictatorship.

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