Viewing cable 08ASUNCION248
Title: ROUNDING UP VENEZUELANS, ECUADORIANS AND THE LIKE

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SUBJECT: ROUNDING UP VENEZUELANS, ECUADORIANS AND THE LIKE 
 
 
Classified By: Michael J. Fitzpatrick; reasons 1.4 (b) and (d). 
 
¶1. (SBU) President Duarte denounced April 15 the presence in 
Paraguay of Venezuelan and Ecuadorian "experts in social 
agitation" passing themselves off as elections observers.  He 
accused citizens of Ecuador, Bolivia and Venezuela of placing 
"explosives" in community radio stations in San Pedro. The 
President said if these "visitors" can't behave themselves, 
the "government reserves the right to take appropriate 
measures to prevent the infiltrators from causing violence in 
Paraguay."  Duarte said the groups, affiliated with 
opposition Patriotic Alliance for Change (APC) presidential 
candidate Fernando Lugo, are "accustomed to violence and 
death" and are organizing violence to follow the Colorado 
Party's "overwhelming victory" on April 20.  Duarte said Lugo 
and his running mate Federico Franco will be responsible for 
any violence on election day and thereafter. 
 
¶2. (C) In response to Duarte's comments, the Paraguayan 
police are "rounding up" Colombians, Peruvians, Bolivians, 
and Ecuadorians, and are searching local hotels for those 
nationals.  Nine Colombians have been detained to date.  The 
GOP's actions led those countries' respective embassies to 
protest with the Paraguayan Foreign Ministry and to the 
Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington.  OAS 
deputy observer mission director Steve Griner told the DCM 
April 16 that both OAS Secretary General Insulza and OAS 
Chief of Delegation Mejia have communicated their concerns to 
Foreign Minister Ramirez. 
 
¶3. (C) COMMENT:  Sensitive reporting confirms that Venezuelan 
and Ecuadorians are in country working to support members of 
Lugo's coalition (specifically, the leftist P-MAS), but the 
Embassy is not aware of any factual support for Duarte's 
allegations regarding explosives in San Pedro.  Duarte's 
statements constitute clear political posturing designed to 
simultaneously tar his opponents as harbingers of chaos and 
to limit voter turnout on Sunday.  The greater the turnout, 
the greater the opposition vote.  END COMMENT. 
 
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