Blas Nicolás Riquelme Centurión (born 3 February 1929, Lambaré, died 2 September 2012; Asunción) was a Paraguayan politician and businessman. He was a member of the Senate of Paraguay for the Colorado Party from 1989 to 2008, and was elected President of the party, succeeding Luis María Argaña; he resigned in 1994. He was a candidate in the Colorado Party's 1996 primary election for the 1998 presidential election, backed by Lino Oviedo. He was leader of the Movimiento Tradicionalismo Democrático (TRADEM), and one of the major financiers of the Colorado Party. He was President of the Chamber of Industry until 1984.
As a businessman, Riquelme was director/president of a number of companies, including Cereales S.A. (flour and cereals); Cervecera Asunción S.A. and Cervecera Itapúa S.A. (beer); Cadena Real S.A. (supermarkets); Campo Morumbí S.A. (farming); and Cristalera Asunción S.A. (glass). He is also a major landowner. In 1985 he ordered the removal of 100 Mbayá people from his 75,000 hectare landholding in the Alto Paraná Department; he had previously pressured them for ten years to leave their ancestral Paso Romero community, after he had purchased the property. In 2012 the violent removal of occupying farmers from Riquelme's land in the Canindeyú Department sparked the impeachment of Fernando Lugo. He has been unsuccessfully sued by farmers alleging irregularities in his 1975 acquisition of land (under the dictatorship of Alfredo Stroessner), following Truth and Justice Commission conclusions of irregularities.
- (Spanish) Senate of Paraguay, Senador Blas Nicolás Riquelme Centurión, accessed 27 June 2012
- "Falleció Blas N. Riquelme después de un breve periodo de internación" (in Spanish). Diario ABC Color. 3 September 2012. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
- Deborah A. Kaple (1999), World Encyclopedia of Political Systems and Parties - Volume I, Facts on File Inc., p869
- New Sunday Times, 28 April 1996, Ruling Paraguay party set for election
- (Spanish) La Nacion, 14 March 2012, Blas N. Riquelme planea volver a integrar el Senado
- Rene Harder Horst (2000), Political Advocacy and Religious Allegiance: Catholic Missions and Indigenous Resistance in Paraguay, 1982-1992 p14
- Rene Harder Horst (2003), "Consciousness and Contradiction: Indigenous Peoples and Paraguay's Transition to Democracy", in Erick Detlef Langer, Elena Muñoz (2003, eds), Contemporary Indigenous Movements in Latin America, Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 119-120
- (in German) Die Zeit, 16 June 2012, Landbesetzer sterben in Gefecht mit der Polizei
- (Spanish) Comision de Verdad y Justicia (2008), Infome Final: Tomo IV, pp37-9
- (Spanish) Official page at Senate of Paraguay
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