Paraguay Redoubles its Efforts Against the EPP

Paraguay Redoubles its Efforts Against the EPP

By Dialogo
April 16, 2015




In response to the latest three killings attributed to the Paraguayan People’s Army (EPP), the government of Paraguay has intensified its fight against the terrorist group.

A joint task force (FTC) consisting of military service members, police officers and members of the National Drug Enforcement Department (SENAD) is working on the new domestic defense operations strategy with three action areas: social, education, and intelligence and counterintelligence work.

On March 24, three farm workers were shot dead by EPP members who took responsibility for the killings in a note left near the victims’ bodies in an estate in San Pedro Department, about 350 kilometers north of the capital, Asunción.

Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes, also the commander-in-chief of the Paraguayan Armed Forces, described the crimes as a "cowardly act," undertaken as a provocation and a more aggressive reaction due to the government's "firm initiative to combat these criminal groups."

Colonel becomes new leader of FTP


In addition to redoubling government efforts in the region where EPP operations are centered, Colonel Raúl Erit Salinas Alonso, a graduate of the Command and Army Staff College, assumed command of the FTC on April 1. Its strategy under Salinas’ command will focus on domestic defense operations and to work closely with the populace.

“In facing this problem (of terrorism in the country’s north), there are various factors that the FTC will work on arduously," said FTC spokesman Major Alfredo Jonás Ramírez Acosta, also a graduate of the Command and Army Staff College. "First, is to intensify the support for social efforts through work on roadways to benefit the residents of that zone by opening new roads, as well as supporting education. Second is to intensify the intelligence and counterintelligence operations.”

The service members will also emphasize on gathering of information, such as the state of education and the population’s social needs, in addition to heightening cooperation between civilian and military officials in control of routes and cities, and carrying out surprise patrols in conflict zones where authorities suspect criminal activity, such as illegal traffic in lumber culled illegally from protected forests, drug trafficking, and cattle rustling.

“The goal is to put an end to these criminal groups without experiencing any casualties along the way,” Maj. Ramírez said.

Joint efforts result in several accomplishments


One of the most recent efforts by the FTC includes providing technical assistance and other social works projects for the underprivileged populations in the area.

As of March 1, in addition to the head-on, armed fight against the EPP and crime, the joint work of the FTC and other institutions has yielded the following achievements:


132,000 Paraguayans received technical assistance in agricultural development

930 rural homes were built for more than 4,600 people

About 25,000 low-income senior citizens received a food allowance

262,962 students received school kits

2,126,268,951 Paraguayan Guaranís ($440,000) was allocated for the basic education of 184,292 students

13 public works were initiated aimed at elementary education




In response to the latest three killings attributed to the Paraguayan People’s Army (EPP), the government of Paraguay has intensified its fight against the terrorist group.

A joint task force (FTC) consisting of military service members, police officers and members of the National Drug Enforcement Department (SENAD) is working on the new domestic defense operations strategy with three action areas: social, education, and intelligence and counterintelligence work.

On March 24, three farm workers were shot dead by EPP members who took responsibility for the killings in a note left near the victims’ bodies in an estate in San Pedro Department, about 350 kilometers north of the capital, Asunción.

Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes, also the commander-in-chief of the Paraguayan Armed Forces, described the crimes as a "cowardly act," undertaken as a provocation and a more aggressive reaction due to the government's "firm initiative to combat these criminal groups."

Colonel becomes new leader of FTP


In addition to redoubling government efforts in the region where EPP operations are centered, Colonel Raúl Erit Salinas Alonso, a graduate of the Command and Army Staff College, assumed command of the FTC on April 1. Its strategy under Salinas’ command will focus on domestic defense operations and to work closely with the populace.

“In facing this problem (of terrorism in the country’s north), there are various factors that the FTC will work on arduously," said FTC spokesman Major Alfredo Jonás Ramírez Acosta, also a graduate of the Command and Army Staff College. "First, is to intensify the support for social efforts through work on roadways to benefit the residents of that zone by opening new roads, as well as supporting education. Second is to intensify the intelligence and counterintelligence operations.”

The service members will also emphasize on gathering of information, such as the state of education and the population’s social needs, in addition to heightening cooperation between civilian and military officials in control of routes and cities, and carrying out surprise patrols in conflict zones where authorities suspect criminal activity, such as illegal traffic in lumber culled illegally from protected forests, drug trafficking, and cattle rustling.

“The goal is to put an end to these criminal groups without experiencing any casualties along the way,” Maj. Ramírez said.

Joint efforts result in several accomplishments


One of the most recent efforts by the FTC includes providing technical assistance and other social works projects for the underprivileged populations in the area.

As of March 1, in addition to the head-on, armed fight against the EPP and crime, the joint work of the FTC and other institutions has yielded the following achievements:


132,000 Paraguayans received technical assistance in agricultural development

930 rural homes were built for more than 4,600 people

About 25,000 low-income senior citizens received a food allowance

262,962 students received school kits

2,126,268,951 Paraguayan Guaranís ($440,000) was allocated for the basic education of 184,292 students

13 public works were initiated aimed at elementary education

with the strikes It's too bad the teachers go on strike, when education is of such a bad quality, with all the guarantees teachers have: they work half-days, they have long vacation times, they can retire and continue to work, according to what I heard they make 2 and a half million pesos. How much do most Colombians make who even have the privilege of having a job? School government the strike goes on Thank you for keeping us informed on what's going on in the world May the tearchers' situation be heard and resolved
Because parents don't have them. To educate
They have them to care for
Their children while they work Thank you for our daily news Wow, the EPP never tires of kidnapping
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