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Paraguay paralyzed by anti-privatization strike

Public life in Paraguay was largely paralyzed on Wednesday by a nationwide strike against the privatization plans of President Horacio Cartes.

The strike stopped bus and taxi service and closed schools and most businesses in the South American country, union leader Aldo Snead said.

The unions want Cartes to roll back a law enabling private companies to invest in government infrastructure in exchange for owning concessions and charging fees. They also are demanding 25 percent pay raises and more access to credit for poor people to start their own small businesses.

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