The National Intersectoral Coordinator (CNI) union and affiliated unions representing campesinos, or rural farmers, and indigenous groups have launched an indefinite protest movement in Asunción on Tuesday, March 26. Demonstrators will reportedly establish a protest camp at Plaza de Armas and will stage rallies outside the National Congress building for up to six months. A heightened security presence and transportation disruptions are likely near the protests over the coming days and weeks.
Labor unions previously announced plans in December 2018 to stage demonstrations against the government of President Mario Abdo Benítez beginning in March 2019. Organizers are calling for the implementation of policies to address income inequality, indigenous land rights, and to reduce economic barriers, such as taxes and debts, for farmers. Participants will also call for the resignation of the head of the Paraguay Indigenous Institute. Several labor unions are expected to participate in the protests, including the National Intersectoral Coordinator (CNI), the Central Union of Authentic Workers (CUT-A), unions for the Central Energy Administration, the National Union of Telecommunications Workers, and student unions.
Individuals in Asunción are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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