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Protests over Paraguay privatisation plans

11 August 2000

In June, several protesters and journalists were injured after clashes with police in Asuncion, Paraguay, on the first day of a 48-hour general strike against plans to privatize telephone, water and railroad companies. The privatizations are part of a series of “non-negotiable” measures demanded by the World Bank and IMF, which must be implemented before the government can access $400 million in loans from the World Bank.