Paraguay: Senate Approves Declaration of State of Emergency against Guerrilla Group in North
By Dialogo October 05, 2011
The Paraguayan Senate approved the declaration of a state of emergency in the departments of San Pedro and Concepcion (in northern Paraguay) for 60 days, in order to combat the self-proclaimed Paraguayan People’s Army (EPP), believed responsible for an attack on a police station and the murder of two police officers, legislative sources announced.
The bill, introduced by the opposition, was approved by 23 of the 42 senators present at the plenary session and sent to the Chamber of Deputies.
Members of the opposition harshly criticized the administration for the renewed outbreak of violence, and some spokespersons called for the intervention of the Armed Forces in order to put an end to the clandestine group operating in the north, around 500 km from the Paraguayan capital.
Military intervention is only possible with the declaration of a state of emergency.
The administration has not requested such a declaration from Congress, and some spokespersons indicated that such a declaration is not needed.