Opposition demonstrations more solemn in Asuncion after the death of a protester who was shot with a rubber bullet by police. Rough cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Opposition supporters took to the streets of Asuncion in more sombre demonstrations on Saturday (April 1) night after a protester was killed in overnight protests on Friday (March 31). Rodrigo Quintana, 25, was killed by a rubber bullet fired by police who entered the headquarters of the Liberal Party after clashes erupted in the capital city on Friday. A makeshift vigil was placed in the blood-stained hallway of the Liberal Party's headquarters where Quintana was killed. Opposition leaders said they would not let up on their resistance to the government which they said was looking to silence them. Friday's violence was sparked by a secret Senate vote on a constitutional amendment that would allow President Cartes to run for re-election. Charred debris and glass from broken windows littered the steps of Congress. Around 200 protesters were detained, police said, and Amnesty International published a statement demanding their release. The violent upheaval punctured a period of relative stability under Cartes, in which the soy and beef exporting nation became one of South America's fastest-growing economies and began to move past a long history of political uncertainty. The country's constitution has prohibited re-election since it was passed in 1992 after a brutal dictatorship fell in 1989. Sensitivities to holding on to power and perceived police aggression persist.