A Coup Over Land: Monsanto, Dupont, and Cargill's Resource War Behind Paraguay's Crisis
For related articles and more information, please visit OCA's Genetic Engineering page and our Millions Against Monsanto page . Each bullet hole on the downtown Asuncion, Paraguay light posts tells a story. Some of them are from civil wars decades ago, some from successful and unsuccessful coups, others from police crackdowns. The size of the hole, the angle of the ricochet, all tell of an escape, a death, another dictator in the palace by the river. On June 22 of this year, a new tyrant entered the government palace. The right-wing Federico Franco became president in what has been deemed a parliamentary coup against democratically-elected, left-leaning President Fernando Lugo. What lies behind today's headlines, political fights and struggles for justice in Paraguay is a conflict over access to land; land is power and money for the elites, survival and dignity for the poo...