Paraguay Seeks Truth About Curuguaty Massacre

Opponents of the PEICC say that this group's investigators are biased, and that their goal is to discredit the current government. They point out that the organization is led by Domingos Laino, a liberal politician who supported Lugo's government.

But the massive wave of arrests that followed the Curuguaty massacre and threats against potential witnesses, have some Paraguayan activists questioning whether the government is trying to hide something from the population.

"We think the massacre was planned", Jorge Galeano, a peasant leader, said during a press conference that was called to denounce the shooting of Vidal Vega and highlight threats against others who are trying to investigate what happened in Curuguaty.

Peasant leaders are now also demanding that the government investigate the murder of Vidal Vega. "We believe that the ones who planned the massacre also planned Vega's death," Galeano said in the press conference. "This was a political assassination."

Natalia Viana directs Publica, a nonprofit center for investigative journalism in Brazil

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