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Women Crucified In Paraguay

There are people who are religious and there are people who are religious for all the wrong reasons. Two women in Paraguay had themselves be crucified to crosses and carried around the capital city as part of a protest against the government. The two women were members of homeless organizations and wanted to call attention to their demands for the government to give them $1.5 million in order to purchase land to build homes for the homeless. Several men heaved the crosses on their shoulders and bore the women through the streets of Asuncion where they were met by other protestors.

Pablino Caceres who heads the government Social Action agency, said: “In previous governments the leaders of the homeless groups controlled the money, but not now.” The question is whether the fight was over who controlled the money or whether housing would be built.

Left Wing Vctory In Paraguay

Another right wing domino fell and a left wing radical rose as Paraguay witnessed the triumph of Fenando Lugo, a suspended bishop, won the presidecny. Paraguay had been ruled for over sixty years by the conservatve Partido Colorado but the people of the land locked nation moved to the left in search of new leadership. Lugo represents a milder form of the liberation theory which arose in more liberal components of the Catholic church. South America has witnessed several victories by those espousing more radical economic and social ideas, but Lugo is regarded as less anti-American and less hostile to the middle class or busness community.

His victory represents a crushing blow to the conservative Colorado Party as Lugo will fight for new legislation benefiting the majority of people in Paraguan society. He brings a liberal “religious” element to the government which has concern for the plight of poor peple and he will most probably secure financial support from radical leaders such as President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela. However, Lugo will most probably govern in the milder left wing model of Lula da Silva from Brazil.