Paraguay President removed from office “Institutional Coup”, violence breaks out

Posted on June 23, 2012 • Filed under: Conflicts, Paraguay, Police/Military Activity, Politics, TRAVEL

Paraguayan president Fernando Lugo was removed from office on Friday at 18:30 hours following an impeachment vote in the Senate where the motion was supported by 39 votes, four against and two absent.
Minutes later, riots broke out in the square next to Congress when hundreds rejected the vote expressing support for the ousted former bishop and now former president, while police forces fired tear gas and started marching against the protestors that had trespassed protection railing. Lugo was removed in what now seems clearly a surprise political operation given the fact the whole process didn’t last more than two days not giving time to the former leader to prepare his defence. Read Article

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