Saturday, October 27, 2012

Panama: massive protests force the hand of the government

The Martinelli government had passed a law (law 72), which allowed the state to sell to private owners lands in the Colón free trade zone, triggering a massive uprising in the impoverished city (followed by brutal murderous repression) that had begun extending through the rest of the country, specially as the Native American tribes had decided to join[es] the revolt.

Today it has been known that the arrogant President, who force-fed the law with the proponent saying: "go to cry to the cemetery" as it was voted, maybe foreseeing the victims it would cause, is retracting and will proceed now to impel the derogation of the law. 

However in Panama, for a law to be removed, three parliamentary sessions must take place and hence the uprising people of Colón continues on the streets, with the riots showing no sign of receding. 

Source: LINyM[es].

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