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Lugo Condemns 'Parliamentary Coup' in Paraguay Impeachment

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Lugo Condemns 'Parliamentary Coup' in Paraguay Impeachment

2012-06-25 11:08:15

-by Alex Mangini, Staff Writer; Image: Fernando Lugo (Image Source: The Epoch Times)

In a surprise appearance on the country’s state-run television this morning, Paraguay President Fernando Lugo spoke out against his removal from the post, citing a “parliamentary coup.”

He also expressed his willingness to join in on a “peaceful strike” that has been discussed throughout the population since the “coup against the citizenry and democracy” that Lugo believes led to his impeachment over his efforts to combat fatal land conflicts that left 17 people dead.

A crowd of people watching the address stood by the impeached leader, who has had to deal with backlash from a host of regional neighbors.

“They will be responsible for the poverty and the return of dictatorship in Paraguay,” Lugo said of Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay, who have all criticized him harshly and distanced themselves from Paraguay. “Our nation calls us for a peaceful strike, and as a Paraguayan citizen, today I join this strike.”

“Without doubt it is a coup, a parliamentary coup, a coup against the citizenry and democracy, and we have to shout that to the four winds,” he continued.

“We will not recognize any other president,” the crowd of 200 people chanted.

The new President, Federico Franco, denies any foul play.

“The country is calm. I was elected [vice president] in 2008 by popular vote. Activity is normal and there is no protest,” he said.

The United States, according to the BBC, urged “all Paraguayans to act peacefully, with calm and responsibility.”

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