PARAGUAY: Looser Grip

The last dictator in South America sat in his ramshackle, century-old Asunción palace, weighed his chances of survival and decided last week that they lay in loosening his iron grip. After five years, poker-playing Lieut. General Alfredo Stroessner Matiauda, 46, announced a turn toward democracy.

The antitotalitarianism that has swept over the Americas has stirred widespread grumbling in Paraguay. Heightening the discontent is the fact that political prisoners jampack police headquarters and overflow into two concentration camps. Torture has been common. Youth Leader Rodolfo Serafini, emerging from 67 days' imprisonment, showed newsmen...

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