Thousands of people flooded the streets of Asuncion on Friday night, after the Paraguayan Senate voted to remove President Fernando Lugo from office. Riot police and military police officers on horseback moved in to control the crowds, who had gathered to condemn the impeachment trial.
The Congress of Paraguay was trying to oust the president, Fernando Lugo, by means of an impeachment proceeding for which he was given less than 24 hours to prepare and only two hours to present a defense. It appears that a decision to convict him has already been written…The main trigger for the impeachment is an armed clash between peasants fighting for land rights with police…But this violent confrontation is merely a pretext, as it is clear that the president had no responsibility for what happened. Nor have Lugo’s opponents presented any evidence for their charges in today’s