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President Leads Paraguay’s Independence Celebrations

ASUNCION – President Horacio Cartes helped on Monday mark the 206th anniversary of Paraguay’s independence, saying that liberty was a process that “must reassert itself every day.”

“Independence is a dynamic phenomenon not limited to the breakup of submission and is, instead, a permanent process that must reassert itself every day,” the president said.

An independent country is one “that does not take directions or instructions from abroad and, rather, joins the world on equal terms with all those nations that love peace and development,” Cartes said.

“Ultimately, an independent country has its own, sovereign voice and chooses its own destiny,” the president said.

Cartes honored the founding fathers who on May 14-15, 1811, overthrew Spanish colonial rule, “choosing to make Paraguay a master of its own national destiny.”

Paraguay’s revolt against Spain is known as the “bloodless independence” since, contrary to other regions of Latin America, the process did not involve major violence.

Independence leaders such as Fulgencio Yegros, Vicente Ignacio Iturbide, Pedro Juan Caballero and Jose Gaspar Rodriguez de Francia pressured Asuncion Gov. Bernardo de Velasco to relinquish power, and the Spanish official complied.

Independence Day is celebrated in Asuncion’s Old City with shows, music and food.

 

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