Wednesday, January 30, 2013
By Peter M. Tase
In the early hours of January 30th, Paraguayan Police forces embarked on a surprise attack against members of the Paraguayan People’s Army (EPP), a leftist terrorist group that has stepped up its attacks against police infrastructure in the Department (province) of Concepcion, a northwestern region of Paraguay. This operation was conducted in the city of Azote’y nearby the settlements of Kurusu de Hierro (Iron Cross), which led in the immediate arrest of two armed members and the capture of the EPP logistics chief.
The detainees are Derlis Ovelar Ramon Martinez (21), alias as the “Driver”, and his cousin Ricardo Martinez Vera (23), both exponents formed part in a recent series of attack against farmers and police offices in the area.
Martinez and Vera were taken into custody 300 meters away from Police Post 21 in Kurusu de Hierro.
Unfortunately the third member of the same family, who had been part of EPP, has escaped.
During a simultaneous operation in the hilly areas of Azote’y district, Crispín Fernández (42), was arrested by police. He is believed to be the chief of logistics for EPP and one of the leaders of this leftist guerrilla group which is increasingly expanding its ranks and receiving constant media attention
Fernandez was under police surveillance for months since he was providing large quantities of goods for guerrilla members of EPP and has been involved in various abductions of cattle grazing farmers over the last three years. Police operations continue in the Department of Concepcion and further positive results are expected.
According to Paraguayan minister of Interior, Carmello Caballero, Police Forces “were able to identify that EPP Guerrilla Forces had set new standards, especially with young people. A month ago police forces’ spokesperson reported that there was a militia group within the group which has not been identified by justice authorities. It is evident that new recruits are involved in the recent violet attacks against local population. Police operations will speed up and we are determined to eliminate EPP in the coming months.”
Speronews contributor Peter M. Tase analyzes international trade, security and diplomacy.