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Events Surrounding Paraguay Massacre Reconstructed for Trial

CURUGUATY, Paraguay – More than 100 witnesses and government representatives on Thursday began reconstructing the events surrounding the massacre of 17 people four years ago in Paraguay, an incident that led to the removal from office of former President Fernando Lugo.

The chronological reconstruction of the 2012 massacre is part of the trial that began in July 2015.

Authorities put 11 people on trial in the case, which rocked the South American country.

The reconstruction is taking place at the Campos Morombi company’s ranch, located 250 kilometers (155 miles) northeast of Asuncion, a property at the center of a land dispute with the government.

The massacre occurred when about 300 heavily armed police officers arrived at the ranch to evict 70 peasants occupying the property to demand it be included in a land reform program.

A shootout started during the eviction, leaving 11 peasants and six police officers dead.

The 11 farmworkers are accused of killing the six officers.

No police officers, however, have yet been charged with the killings of the 11 peasants.

The defendants are being held at a government building during the reconstruction of the massacre.

 

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