PARAGUAY: Back to Dictatorship

To Paraguay's Congress, where in April he announced his "aim of perfecting a durable democratic regime." President Alfredo Stroessner, 46, sent a bristling order of dissolution. With that, Stroessner went back to the chancy business of running the last dictatorship on the continent of South America.

The showdown began when cops tear-gassed and whipped 800 high school students protesting a trolley-fare hike. The brutality brought out the university students next day. Alarmed, the government canceled the fare hike, but 1,000 students grabbed stones, tree limbs or bicycle pumps, marched into the grounds of...

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