ASUNCION - Hundreds of small farmers from different parts of Paraguay began a march Thursday through the city of Asuncion, where they will rally in front of Congress to demand the resignation of Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes and denounce the conditions in which peasants have to live.
The march, called by the farmers' party Paraguay Pyahura (New Paraguay in the native Guarani language), is made up of several columns that arrived from around the country and came together outside Asuncion, where they were joined by other groups of demonstrators.
The protest, which is backed by the National Peasant Federation, or FNC, and has as its slogan "for a new homeland," has caused massive traffic jams where the demonstrators are marching, authorities said.
The FNC's Marcial Gomez told EFE that the protest expresses the farm workers' contempt for the Cartes government and aims to publicize the fact that big monocultures, principally of soybeans, is leaving small farmers without land and is forcing them to move to the cities.
They are also asking for improvements in health, education and housing.
Planned for the rally in front of Congress are speeches by peasant leaders and the celebration of a popular music festival.