Paraguay rebel leader launches book outside jail

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Posted: Jul 19, 2011 6:13 PM
Paraguay rebel leader launches book outside jail

A Paraguayan guerrilla leader is out with a new book _ presented by his lawyers in the street outside his maximum security jail.

Tuesday's book launch comes despite a police veto and opposition from the government. The government calls the Paraguayan People's Army nothing more than a band of criminals.

Guerrilla leader Alcides Oviedo is serving an 18-year sentence for kidnapping. He lays out a political ideology in the book that says profound inequality in Paraguay justifies armed revolution.

Oviedo lawyer Raul Marin says his client's writing reflects a real need for change in a country where elite landowners enjoy near total control and the poor lack even the smallest amount of land needed for a dignified life.