ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) - The brother of a wealthy rancher
abducted in northern Paraguay said Monday that his family is giving
30 cattle to the poor on orders from the kidnappers.
The donation of 10 animals each to three indigenous communities
"is a request from the (Paraguayan People's Army) that we will
voluntarily honor," Diego Zavala said in the capital, Asuncion.
Zavala's older brother, Fidel, was kidnapped Oct. 15 by the
guerrilla group, known as the EPP for its initials in Spanish. It
has demanded $5 million for his release, purportedly to finance
what the band calls a revolutionary movement for the poor.
Diego Zavala also repeated the family's previous demands that
security forces call off their search for his brother, saying it is
Interior Minister Rafael Filizzola responded that the government
is not endangering the kidnap victim and agents will not end their
"We will not yield to any criminal organization," Filizzola
said. "The EPP has a playbook and these latest demands are part of
its plan to supposedly win the sympathy of the neediest people."
The EPP, linked to several bank robberies and other kidnappings
in the past decade, expresses political goals in pamphlets and
statements delivered to local journalists.
But the government says there is little evidence of any guiding
ideology among its members. Filizzola called the EPP's latest
demand an insult and extortion.