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Paraguay neighborhood decides against free beef

Paraguay neighborhood rejects demand by guerrilla group that businessman provide free beef

A trash collector walks in the Pelopincho neighborhood of Asuncion, Paraguay, Monday, Feb. 2, 2015. Hugo Ramirez, president of the city congress, says...

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A trash collector walks in the Pelopincho neighborhood of Asuncion, Paraguay, Monday, Feb. 2, 2015. Hugo Ramirez, president of the city congress, says...

ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) -- Residents of a poor community in northern Paraguay say they will not accept free beef from a well-known businessman who is being pressured by a leftist guerrilla group to donate food to several villages.

A cattle farm owned by businessman Osvaldo Dominguez Dibb was attacked by the Paraguayan People's Army on Jan. 25, and the rebels left a note demanding he pay a $300,000 "fine" for alleged deforestation and distribute free beef in several communities.

Hugo Ramirez, president of the legislative group representing the capital of Asuncion, said Monday he met with residents of Pelopincho neighborhood and they told him they would not accept the meat.

Ramirez said they "know the beef is a product of the extortion" of Dibb.

Two other communities have said they would accept food.


Updated : 2021-09-23 17:59 GMT+08:00