President’s announcement prompts concerns for civil liberties in a country which only emerged from military rule in 1989

Mario Abdo Benítez has announced plans to amend Paraguay’s constitution to allow the military a greater role in the battle against increasingly brazen and powerful Brazilian crime gangs.

But Paraguay’s president’s announcement on Thursday prompted concerns for civil liberties in a country which only emerged from military rule in 1989 – and skepticism that a militarized crackdown could succeed in reining in the violence after similar strategies have failed in other Latin American countries.

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