In­te­rior min­is­ter, po­lice chief fired after Paraguay clashes

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ASUNCION | Pres­i­dent Ho­ra­cio Cartes fired Paraguay’s in­te­rior min­is­ter and top po­lice of­fi­cial Satur­day fol­low­ing the killing of a young op­po­si­tion party leader and vi­o­lent overnight clashes sparked by a se­cret Se­nate vote for a con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment to al­low pres­i­den­tial re-elec­tion.

Dozens of peo­ple, in­clud­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer, were ar­rested Fri­day evening in demon­stra­tions that saw protesters break through po­lice lines and en­ter the first floor of Paraguay’s leg­is­la­ture, set­ting fire to pa­pers and fur­ni­ture.

Po­lice used wa­ter can­non and fired rub­ber bul­lets to drive protesters away from the build­ing while fire­fight­ers ex­tin­guished blazes in­side.

In the early hours Satur­day, 25-yearold Ro­drigo Quin­tana was shot and killed at the head­quar­ters of the Au­then­tic Rad­i­cal Lib­eral Party, a dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tion than the congress build­ing where most of the protests took place.

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