Paraguay’s national riot police blocked thousands of campesinos from marching to the Lopez Palace in the capital Asuncion, in one of the tensest moments in the campesinos' three-week long campaign to demand the government forgive private and public debt.
The campesino marched through the center of the capital towards the palace which was surrounded by containment fences, barbed wire and mounted police agents with water cannons.
The members of the Intersectoral National Committee, CNI, began campaigning on July 10 to force the government of President Horacio Cartes to address the country’s agricultural crisis.
They want the government to declare a state of emergency, forgive the debts of small-scale farmers, subsidize production, legalize and regularize the distribution of land and provide credits to stimulate the agricultural industry.
CNI members have said they will remain on strike until the government meets their demands.
"The government of Horacio Cortest prepares to repress while his senators leave without quorum the Treasury Committee that should address the campesinos' demands."
"Campesino organizations intensify their protest so that the Senate address the Emergency Law of Family Agriculture."