Paraguay. According to
Countryaah website, Interior Minister Julio César Fanego and
Minister of Justice and Labor Silvio Ferreira were forced in
February to resign after much media attention surrounding
the revelations that two left-wing activists had been
tortured after being kidnapped by people with links to the
police. The torture would have been aimed at forcing
information on the kidnapping of a rich businessman's wife,
who according to police had been abducted by the same
left-wing group as the two activists belong.
The opposition in the House of Representatives tried to
set up a special commission of inquiry into the case and
held President Luis González Macchi as the chief responsible
for this form of "state terrorism".
According to a report from Transparency International,
which examines corruption in the world, Paraguay is Latin
America's most corrupt and the world's third most corrupt
country. The report gave rise to the organization of "The
Day of Shame" on September 6.
The initiators urged all citizens to wear black armbands
as a sign of sorrow, and the capital Asuncion's daily
newspapers had black stripes on the newspaper pages. The
football team Sportivo Luqueño wore black jerseys. President
González also obeyed the call and wore black armbands.