Paraguayan police post videos of punishing people for breaking quarantine


After police officers in Paraguay posted videos of themselves punishing people who have been caught breaking quarantine on social media, Paraguayans expressed outrage over their actions. The punishments seen in the videos, which were recorded and shared by the officers themselves, include threatening people with a taser to force them to do star jumps or making them repeat "I won’t leave my house again, officer" while lying face down on the floor. The country's interior minister, Euclides Acevedo, supported the actions. All but key workers will be confined to their homes until April 12. However, others expressed concern that the police are trivialising the dire economic and social challenges being faced under quarantine by a large part of the population, especially in a country that only returned to democracy in 1989.


Writer: William Costa
Publication: Guardian