AMARC Is in Solidarity with the People of Paraguay and its Government

Santiago de Chile, June 22, 2012. The World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) is deeply concerned by the political trial initiated against the constitutional president of the Republic of Paraguay, Fernando Lugo. With this snap measure of dubious constitutionality and close to a putsch, the process is expected to advance in a record time and may put an end to the mandate received from the Paraguayan people in fair elections.

Note that this measure was decided while only 9 months remained for the holding of the presidential elections that will define a new mandate from the ballot box.

AMARC joins the concert of protests against this political trial already expressed by international organizations such as the Organization of American States (OAS), the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino), the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America and UNASUR, whose leaders travelled to Asunción to assess on the ground the course of events. This organization has a democratic clause which should be applied if the situation would go up to the removal of the legitimate President of Paraguay.

AMARC network will remain in a state of heightened readiness towards the situation and we make a call to the Paraguayan people and its representatives so that the conflict resolution takes place peacefully and reject any attempt to weaken democracy. We call also for the solidarity with the constitutional process of Paraguay and to monitor that the current President completes its mandate such as established by the Constitution of the country.

We specially greet our radio community members to the Paraguay and ask the AMARC network to remain attentive and disseminate information on this critical day for Paraguay.

María Pía Matta, President of AMARC

Carlos Aparicio, Vice President of AMARC ALC

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