Paraguay’s Congress building set on fire

Protesters stormed Paraguay’s Congress building and set it on fire after a secret Senate vote to approve a bill that would allow President Horacio Cartes to run for another term.

Paraguay’s President Horacio Cartes has sacked the Interior Minister and the Chief of Police after violent protests in Friday against a bill that would allow the president to run for a second term in office.

President Cartes’ term is due to end in 2018. The protesters stormed the Congress and set fire to the building. The authorities have arrested four police officers after a protester, Rodrigo Quintana, was killed.

Political leaders yesterday paid their respects to the dead man. His body was laid out at the headquarters of the opposition Liberal party in the capital, Asuncion. They condemned the killing and called for an investigation into his death.

Hundreds of people clashed with riot police in Asuncion on Friday and broke into Congress, battering down entrances and fences and shattering windows as per aljazeera new channel.

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