In Paraguay, a Thorny Struggle Between Land Rights and Conservation

A farmer walks near black flags representing 11 landless farmers who were killed during clashes with police over a land dispute in Curuguaty, Paraguay, Nov. 13, 2012 (AP photo by Jorge Saenz).
A farmer walks near black flags representing 11 landless farmers who were killed during clashes with police over a land dispute in Curuguaty, Paraguay, Nov. 13, 2012 (AP photo by Jorge Saenz).
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The government of Paraguay has in recent months come under criticism for its fumbling response to a long-running dispute over the Marina Cue Reserve, a plot of land in the rural district of Curuguaty. While currently state-owned, over 150 poor families claim the land belonged to them before it was forcibly taken decades ago by a powerful associate of the dictator Alfredo Stroessner, who ruled the country from 1954 to 1989. And while President Mario Abdo Benitez and members of Congress have expressed some interest in helping the families, handing over the land is not so simple. Listen to this […]

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