Hundreds of automobiles joined a protest caravan in Paraguay on Sunday to demand the discharge of former Vice-President Óscar Denis.
Mr Denis, 74, was kidnapped together with considered one of his workers on Wednesday by members of the Marxist Paraguayan People’s Army (EPP) insurgent group.
The EPP needs the federal government to free two of their jailed leaders in return for Mr Denis’s launch.
A deadline set by the rebels for the federal government to free the 2 has expired.
In a pamphlet, the Paraguayan People’s Army (EPP) stated it could give the federal government till 22:00 native time on Sunday (02:00GMT) to launch Carmen Villalba and Alcides Oviedo.
Villalba and Oviedo have been sentenced earlier this yr for the tried homicide of three cops throughout a foiled jailbreak in 2004. They have been each already serving lengthy sentences for kidnapping.
What is the EPP?
- It is a small Marxist insurgent group based within the 1990s
- It has carried out a string of kidnappings and killings in Paraguay
- One of the group’s predominant sources of revenue is the smuggling of marijuana and ransoms paid for these it has kidnapped
- The rebels have displaced scores of Mennonite settlers from an space they search to manage
Paraguayan Interior Minister Euclides Acevedo earlier stated that the state wouldn’t enter into negotiations about “issues of public safety”.
As properly as the discharge of Villalba and Oviedo, the EPP has demanded that Mr Denis’s household hand out meals value $2m (£1.6m) to 40 communities within the area the place the rebels are lively, and that they distribute the group’s propaganda materials.
The EPP has thus far ignored the demand by Mr Denis’s household for a proof of lifetime of the previous vice-president.
Mr Denis and his worker, 21-year-old Adelio Mendoza, disappeared on Wednesday from a cattle ranch the previous vice-president owns close to the town of Yby Yaú.
Two of Mr Denis’s three daughters attended the protest caravan within the central metropolis of Concepción on Sunday. They stated they have been frightened in regards to the well being of Mr Denis’s 94-year-old mom, who had not stopped asking about her son’s whereabouts.
Those who took half within the protest referred to as for an finish to all kidnappings in Paraguay and the discharge not simply of Mr Denis and Mr Mendoza but in addition of 70-year-old rancher Félix Urbieta and police officer Edelio Morínigo, who have been kidnapped in October 2016 and July 2014.