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May 19, 1988 | JAMES F. SMITH, Times Staff Writer
Pope John Paul II, ending a tour of four Latin American nations Wednesday on his 68th birthday, won praise from Paraguayan opposition leaders for his impassioned support of civil rights in one of the region's few remaining dictatorships. "This has been a powerful impulse for the movement seeking change in this country," said Miguel Abbon Saguier, the leader of the banned Authentic Liberal Radical Party, who has been detained repeatedly since the 1960s.
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April 3, 1989
A Paraguayan human rights group said it has discovered a clandestine cemetery holding the remains of up to 40 political dissidents killed under the government of deposed dictator Alfredo Stroessner. Francisco Jose de Vargas, president of the Committee of Churches, told Reuters news agency that the site in Colonia Esperanza, 44 miles northeast of Asuncion, consists of 30 to 40 graves.
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April 3, 1989
A Paraguayan human rights group said it has discovered a clandestine cemetery holding the remains of up to 40 political dissidents killed under the government of deposed dictator Alfredo Stroessner. Francisco Jose de Vargas, president of the Committee of Churches, told Reuters news agency that the site in Colonia Esperanza, 44 miles northeast of Asuncion, consists of 30 to 40 graves.
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September 4, 1988 | JAMES F. SMITH, Times Staff Writer
In a land where few have dared to stand up to President Alfredo Stroessner over the last 34 years, the silence that descended on downtown Asuncion one recent afternoon was thunderous. About 40,000 people took to the streets on that Saturday and marched, silently, to the square facing the legislature.
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September 12, 1987 | From Reuters
The 12-nation European Communities has protested to Paraguay over the closing of the weekly newspaper Pueblo and urged President Alfredo Stroessner's government to respect social and political rights, the communities' headquarters here said Friday. A statement said the complaint was handed to Paraguayan authorities Wednesday. It said that the 12 were also concerned over recent arrests of opposition leaders and that respect for citizens' rights was essential for progress towards democratic rule.
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May 18, 1988 | JAMES F. SMITH, Times Staff Writer
Pope John Paul II issued a forceful defense of human rights and democracy Tuesday in an emotion-charged meeting that Paraguay's authoritarian government had banned but then permitted to take place after intense church pressure. More than 3,000 leaders from business, trade unions, peasant groups and opposition parties greeted the Pope's appeal for civil rights with bursts of applause, and as he left the hall, many chanted, "John Paul, friend, the people are oppressed."
NEWS
September 4, 1988 | JAMES F. SMITH, Times Staff Writer
In a land where few have dared to stand up to President Alfredo Stroessner over the last 34 years, the silence that descended on downtown Asuncion one recent afternoon was thunderous. About 40,000 people took to the streets on that Saturday and marched, silently, to the square facing the legislature.
NEWS
December 15, 1992 | KENNETH FREED and WILLIAM R. LONG, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The first time a handful of disaffected army officers and men slipped from their barracks and slouched toward this city's presidential palace, their failed coup attempt might have been written off as an isolated, almost loony act of no particular importance beyond the borders of Venezuelan politics.
NEWS
May 19, 1988 | JAMES F. SMITH, Times Staff Writer
Pope John Paul II, ending a tour of four Latin American nations Wednesday on his 68th birthday, won praise from Paraguayan opposition leaders for his impassioned support of civil rights in one of the region's few remaining dictatorships. "This has been a powerful impulse for the movement seeking change in this country," said Miguel Abbon Saguier, the leader of the banned Authentic Liberal Radical Party, who has been detained repeatedly since the 1960s.
NEWS
May 18, 1988 | JAMES F. SMITH, Times Staff Writer
Pope John Paul II issued a forceful defense of human rights and democracy Tuesday in an emotion-charged meeting that Paraguay's authoritarian government had banned but then permitted to take place after intense church pressure. More than 3,000 leaders from business, trade unions, peasant groups and opposition parties greeted the Pope's appeal for civil rights with bursts of applause, and as he left the hall, many chanted, "John Paul, friend, the people are oppressed."
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September 12, 1987 | From Reuters
The 12-nation European Communities has protested to Paraguay over the closing of the weekly newspaper Pueblo and urged President Alfredo Stroessner's government to respect social and political rights, the communities' headquarters here said Friday. A statement said the complaint was handed to Paraguayan authorities Wednesday. It said that the 12 were also concerned over recent arrests of opposition leaders and that respect for citizens' rights was essential for progress towards democratic rule.
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