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Paraguay peasants call truce on land killings

Sunday - 12/23/2012, 6:21pm  ET

Associated Press

ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) - Family members of 11 Paraguayan peasants killed in a land dispute are accepting monetary help from the government.

They also said Sunday that they will put off until next February protests against a prosecutor who has charged their relatives in connection with the clash.

Six police officers also were killed in June when clashes broke out during the forced eviction of peasants occupying a disputed soy farm.

Politicians opposed to President Fernando Lugo seized on the "Massacre of Curuguaty" to oust him.

A prosecutor filed charges including land invasion and murder against eight of the peasants last Sunday.

Family members say the charges are baseless.

A local judge will decide Feb. 12 if he accepts or rejects charges presented by the prosecutor.


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