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Panamanian Indigenous People Protest Anti-Mining Law

Panamanian indigenous people on Monday will march against a draft mining bill the National Assembly is discussing, from which an article prohibits the exploration and exploitation of minerals in the region of Ngobe Bugle. Alberto Montezuma, member of the Coordinating … Continue reading

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Workers on Panama canal expansion on strike for more pay

  The project to expand the Panama Canal has ground to a halt because nearly 60,000 workers have gone on strike for more pay and better working conditions. The multinational construction consortium Grupo Unidos por el Canal has acknowledged that … Continue reading

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41 arrests after highway closing and tear gas attack

A seven hour closing of the Inter-American Highway by indigenous demonstrators ended with a tear gas attack by riot police, and the arrest of 41. The closure was in San Felix, Chiriqui province, From 3:00 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. The … Continue reading

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Tear gas used to clear Panama traffic blockage

  Police used tear gas on drivers of Diablos Rojos who brought chaos to the Via Transistmica at San Isidro in San Miguelito on Friday June 10. They had blocked the highway to protest the high price of diesel fuel … Continue reading

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Panamanian Students Suppressed and Classes Suspended

Panama – Panamanian university students who were protesting at the “Octavio Méndez Pereira” campus over raises in prices of taxi and bus fares were attacked Wednesday by anti-riot forces and classes were suspended indefinitely. Central University authorities said the drastic … Continue reading

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Demonstrations turn violent as riot police fire tear gas

Peaceful demonstrations  in Chiriqui and Veraguas turned violent as riot police moved in on indigenous protesters on Saturday, February 26. Protesters and police clashed as demonstrations continued against recently-approved mining reforms. In Veraguas the trouble began at 4:30 p.m. when … Continue reading

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Thousands of indigenous Panamanians reject mining reforms

Demonstrations are spreading across Panama demanding an end to plans to reform mining laws in order to attract foreign investors. Thousands of indigenous people this month blocked the Pan-American highway at San Félix, 400km west of Panama City. Some had … Continue reading

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Panama clashes: Guaymi angry over copper mining law

Police in Panama have clashed with dozens of indigenous protesters trying to prevent copper mining on their ancestral lands. Members of the Guaymi indigenous group occupied a bridge on a major highway on the outskirts of Panama City. Clashes erupted … Continue reading

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Despite protests, Panama liberalizes mining law

PANAMA CITY — Lawmakers in Panama approved legislation to attract foreign investment to its mining industry, despite opposition from students and indigenous groups. President Ricardo Martinelli and his supporters in the national assembly argue that mining could be Panama’s second … Continue reading

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Fatal fire at detention center caused by teas gas bomb

19 January 2011 All the signs point to a tear gas canister being the source of the fire in a Panamanian juvenile detention center that has led to the deaths of four youths and left three fighting for their lives. … Continue reading

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