Paraguayan Guerrilla Gives new Instructions to Release Young Mennonite

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Source: Resumen Latinoamericano / The Dawn News / February 21, 2017

Military sources informed that the Army of the Paraguayan People (EPP) urged the family of the mennonite Franz Wiebe, who turned 18 years old the past Monday, to complete the delivery of supplies demanded by the group, which was interrupted on January, to release the young man.

The new instructions appeared in a few abandoned bags that had a memory card and some  flyers of the group that in July kidnapped Wiebe in the mennonite colony of Río Verde, in the north of Paraguay, told to the media Lieutenant Colonel Victor Urdapilleta, spokesman of the Join Task Force created to fight guerrilla. Past January Wiebe’s family delivered supplies for a value of 50.000 dollars to the farmer community of Antebi Cue, like the EPP had demanded in order to free Wiebe. The other condition was to deliver another cargo of the same value to the Guahory community, which rejected the supplies.

“Wanted by Paraguayan guerrilla. Reward: 5.000 guaraníes”, says the propaganda with a Cartes photo and his alias: “Horacio Cara Cortada” (Horacio Scarface). The EPP members made the poster visible with specific close-ups.
“Wanted by Paraguayan guerrilla. Reward: 5.000 guaraníes”, says the propaganda with a Cartes photo and his alias: “Horacio Cara Cortada” (Horacio Scarface). The EPP members made the poster visible with specific close-ups. Photo: Resumen Latinoamericano

The EPP also has in its power the police sub official Edelio Moringo, whose freedom was offered in exchange of the freedom of guerrilla prisoners, condition that the government did not accept.

The president Horacio Cartes, pronounced a speech at his assumption on August 2013 where he assured that he would not let armed groups lead his agenda. The reality is different.

Franz Wiebe’s family delivered supplies in 2 schools of Yasy Cañy, Canindeyú, where three indigenous communities were called to receive the donations. There are 105 families that live there and received over 210 sealed supplies valued in 25 thousand dollars that were transported in two vehicles that arrived around 14:30.

“I am very happy and I hope EPP complies as we complied with their demands. We thank the cooperatives of Rio Verde’s colony through which we completed the supplies and also to the people that accepted the provisions”, said Wiebe Senior.

A group of “colorados” (the official Party) and political leaders of the Ex-Puentesiño tried to stop the delivery of the supplies to the indigenous settlements. They even denied the existence of natives in the area. Negotiations lasted for over an hour.

One of the main “problems” for Luis Gémez, president of the District Board of Sergeant José Félix López (Ex-Puentesiño), and his collaborators was the presence of audiovisual media that accompanied the mennonites in the delivery.

At last, the attempt on trying to stop the entrance to the areas was unsuccessful, actually the indigenous were the first to receive the supplies. From there they managed to pass to the San Isidro area, the Amambay department, and to Antebi Cué.

In the rendezvous point they found not only the natives, but also farmers in poverty conditions. This farmers also received supplies, and even more than a kit per house, since multiple families live under the same roof.

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