The US State Department this Sunday condemned the “recent acts of violence” registered in Paraguay as part of the government’s protests against the handling of the pandemic, which in turn announced a series of new restrictions on how to deal with the health crisis.
The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke by telephone with the Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benítez, to whom, according to his spokesman, he emphasized “the importance of freedom of expression, peaceful demonstrations and the rule of law in democratic societies”, Ned Preis.
Likewise, Blinken reiterated United States support “for the Paraguayan people in their fight against the effects of the global pandemic of COVID-19” and stressed the importance of “continuing to work with regional and global democratic partners” to “overcome it.” this global pandemic, fight corruption and increase transparency and accountability. “
On his Twitter account, Abdo Benítez called the appeal “warmly” and stressed that they would “further strengthen bilateral relations in all areas”.
Also on this Sunday, the government announced a series of restrictive measures with which it wants to curb the infection rate. Among other things, the circulation in the 23 cities, which are considered “red zones”, was restricted from 8 p.m. to 5 p.m.
This was communicated by the Minister of Health Julio Borba, who also explained in detail that the work activities will be reduced to an essential minimum of people and that face-to-face teaching will be suspended.
In principle, these measures apply until April 4, although the authorities have not ruled out the possibility of more restrictive measures being taken during Holy Week.