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Protester dies in clashes over Paraguay re-election vote

Saturday, April 01, 2017 - 01:00

A protester was killed by a rubber bullet fired by police on Saturday, after violent clashes overnight sparked by a secret Senate vote for a constitutional amendment that would allow President Horacio Cartes to run for re-election. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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Activists flatten themselves on the ground... after a police raid on the headquarters of a liberal youth activist group in Paraguay's capital on Saturday. One protester died after being hit by a rubber bullet, fired by police. He's been identified as 25-year-old Rodrigo Quintana. His death came amid violent clashes overnight, sparked by a secret Senate vote for a constitutional amendment. One that would allow President Horacio Cartes to run for re-election. The protesters set Paraguay's Congress ablaze, Friday... siding with presidential opponents who say the vote was illegal. They claim it would weaken the country's democratic institutions. Several politicians and journalists were injured, and police say, around 200 protesters were detained. More activists were seen arriving in Asuncion, Saturday... setting the scene for yet more protests.

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Protester dies in clashes over Paraguay re-election vote

Saturday, April 01, 2017 - 01:00