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President Franco claims Venezuela regime supports terrorist group in Paraguay

Thursday, September 27th 2012 - 17:45 UTC
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    The Paraguayan leader Federico Franco The Paraguayan leader Federico Franco

Paraguayan president Federico Franco accused the Venezuelan regime of Hugo Chavez of ‘direct and malicious’ involvement in his country’s affairs in support of a ‘terrorist and criminal’ gang, the Popular Army of Paraguay, EPP, which has committed kidnappings, assaults and killings.

Franco made the statements during an interview with journalist Patricia Janiot from CNN in Spanish. He added that he has documents and other evidence to support his accusation of Venezuela interference in support of EPP.

According to the Paraguayan president the Chavez regime organized and developed training programs for members of EPP that have been involved in kidnapping for ransom, killings of police forces, assaults, arson and other criminal actions in Paraguay.

Franco said that some EPP terrorist group members were invited to Venezuela with scholarships for alleged agriculture training programs but once there “were not precisely involved in learning to till the land but rather in the use of weapons and guerrilla tactics”.

“We have evidence and documents to support what I am saying now” added Franco.

Asked what his administration was doing to confront the EPP, Franco said that it is based on two stages: immediate action and the long term.

“The first is to establish industries and agricultural activities to the north of the country with an effective participation of the State, the other, long term to combat the subversives”.

The interview took place at the Time-Warner studios in New York.

President Franco also had a brief encounter with British PM David Cameron in the UN grounds out of the two leaders’ agenda.

The Paraguayan president also met with Bill Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative foundation Monday night.


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  • British_Kirchnerist

    This strikes me as desperate lies. Have there actually been any terrorist incidents attributed to, let alone claimed by, this “EPP” or is it more likely a figment of the right's imagination?

    Sep 28th, 2012 - 12:21 am 0
  • Conqueror

    Sep 28th, 2012 - 03:15 pm 0
  • BAMF Paraguay

    BK -

    Just Google it and you will see the numerous incidents where the EPP has openely expressed their involvement. This radical leftist group is trying to accomplish its goals by violating the law. You can't allow any group, radical left or right, to go around killing people. I find it difficult to believe that you don't really recognize this. You clearly have some notion of the world because you have internet. It is fine to support the socialists or whoever you would like, but you have to draw the line at some point. Recognize that these radicals, yes both left and right, all they want is to control the people. They don't actually wish to spread the wealth or liberate the economy, they literally just want to get rich and powerful. Hugo isn't doing any good for his people, he is using them. Obama isn't doing anything because he believes it is good for the country, he just loves power. Bush, Cheney, Pinochet, Hitler, didn't want anything good for their people, they just want power and money.

    A good government is one that is small and weak. One that has very little control over people. One that can enforce laws and protect people's rights.

    Check this video out, it shows how humans live in slavery....

    Sep 28th, 2012 - 03:16 pm 0
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