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World IN BRIEF / PARAGUAY

Troops, Police in Uprising Surrender

May 20, 2000|From Times Wire Reports

Mutinous soldiers and police in Asuncion, Paraguay's capital, fired at the legislative building from armored personnel carriers before surrendering later. President Luis Gonzalez Macchi went on national television to assure citizens that the "anti-democratic" forces believed to be loyal to a former coup plotter had been defeated. Three congressmen and 12 police officers were detained. Interior Minister Walter Bower said the rebellious soldiers were sympathetic to former army Gen. Lino Oviedo, a fugitive wanted in Vice President Luis Argana's slaying last year.

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