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Senate approced emergency powers to crackdown narco guerrilla in northern Paraguay.

President Fernando Lugo

Paraguay’s Senate gave final approval to a bill on Saturday that grants the president emergency powers for 30 days to crack down on an armed group blamed for attacking police stations in a remote area rife with marijuana farms, said Reuters in anews report.

The bill, pushed by President Fernando Lugo and already approved by the lower house, aims to make it easier for security forces to capture suspected fighters from the leftist Paraguayan People’s Army.

Once Lugo signs the measure, the government will be able to arrest suspects without warrants and ban public gatherings and protests in the agricultural provinces of San Pedro, Concepcion, Amambay, Alto Paraguay and Presidente Hayes, along the Brazilian and Bolivian borders.

Three civilians and a police officer were killed in a clash with suspected PPA fighters on Wednesday. Congress started debate on the bill the next day.READ MORE HERE