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    A number of top members of the Paraguayan Communist Party have been visiting the Soviet Union which, this month, is celebrating the 60th anniversary of its revolution.

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    A number of top members of the Paraguayan Communist Party have been visiting the Soviet Union which, this month, is celebrating the 60th anniversary of its revolution.

    SYNOPSIS: When the group arrived in Moscow, they were met by several high officials of the Soviet Communist Party. The visiting group included Antonio Maidana, Julio Rojas and Alfredo Acorta, members of the central committee of the banned Paraguayan Communist Party. All three had spent 19 years in Paraguayan jails for their involvement in communist party activities their government had declared illegal. They were released only six months ago.

    Rojas and Acorta were jailed in 1958. They were both tried and acquitted but, for reasons never fully disclosed, they remained in jail until February this year.

    Speaking to the Soviet people, Maidana, the Paraguayan party president, praised them for their success over the 60 years since the Bolshevik revolution. He expressed his deep and cordial gratitude to Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev for his "great concern and active work in the struggle of the working people in Paraguay". He said the group was overwhelmed at being able to visit the Soviet Union, which he referred to as a stronghold of peace and democracy. Maidana first joined the Paraguayan Communist Party in 1936. He was arrested several times and was, at one time, even sentenced to death.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA63YSKL3C7M14FRMA3CLY9UL8V
    Media URN:
    VLVA63YSKL3C7M14FRMA3CLY9UL8V
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/10/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:44:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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