Another Native Dies in Panama

A young indigenous person from Chichica community, Franklin Javilla, injured by National Police during the anti mining protests in Chirique, died on Tuesday, announced cacique Celio Guerra on Thursday.

The president of the Traditional General Congress said that Javilla was wounded by a bullet on February 5 during clashes in Tole, when anti-riot police reopened the Pan American road blocked by indigenous protesters since January 31 in rejection of a mining law that did not take them into consideration.

According to Guerra, the young man died during a surgery to amputate his wounded leg at Ricardo Fabrega Hospital, of Santiago de Veraguas.

Javilla, along with other injured indigenous people still hospitalized, was demanding medical assistance to which the government had been committed as part of the so-called San Lorenzo Pact.

The death of Javilla is the third publicly announced after the clash of the indigenous with the anti riot police in Chiriqui and surrounding areas. Jeronimo Rodriguez Tugri and Mauricio Mendez were the first two


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