Source: TeleSUR TV / The Dawn News / March 22, 2018
Last Thursday (May 22), thousands of Paraguayan peasants met in the country’s capital, Asunción, to demand, once again, an agrarian reform.
After the strike, at least 1,500 peasants and representatives of the National Peasant Federation (Federación Nacional Campesina) of Paraguay held their annual mobilization to demand improvements and more security in the systematization and allocation of tools in the agrarian sector.
Protesters met at in the morning at the Metropolitan Seminar of Asuncion, and then marched towards the Uruguayan Square. For 25 years they have done this to demand that the government end the policies that harm their livelihood.
During the day, protest activities and public speeches were held, and at the end of the demonstration, at 7 pm, the union handed in their proposal for agrarian reform to the Ministry of Agriculture, as they do every year.
The government of Paraguay and peasant leaders have negotiated four times about the machinery and restructuring of debt that rural workers need, although there has been no agreement so far.
The Secretary General of the National Peasant Federation, Teodolina Villalba, has announced that the peasants will cast a blank vote in the upcoming elections on April 22.
“No candidate is proposing a single program for our sector”, she said. “Nobody speaks about agrarian reform nor inequality in the distribution of land, nor of plans to reactivate production, nor about the damage that is being caused to our environment by agro-exporters”, she added.