Potential for Civil Unrest in Panama
Saturday, May 14 2005 @ 10:56 AM EDT
Contributed by: Anonymous
Given these possibilities, we recommend that you be alert, monitor the news, and carry your cell phones while you are out in the city during these new few weeks while out in Panama City and other towns in the country.
The Embassy is closely monitoring this situation and will provide timely notification of areas of concern. If you happen to see a disturbance or confrontation, get out of the area as quickly as possible and contact the Regional Security Office at 207-7160.
For updated information on the security situation in Panama, please contact the American Citizens Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy at 207-7030.
The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy is located in The Clayton Building (formerly Fort Clayton Building 520) in the
Clayton section of Panama. The Consular Section fax is 207-7278.
The Embassy web site is http://usembassy.state.gov/panama and e-mails should be address to Panama-ACS@state.gov .
(Added Notes: Panama has a long history of civil unrest. Some kind of protest or demonstration always accompanies any change in public policy. The image above was taken when the government was considering a change to the bus fares for public transportation. You can expect marches, protests, and possibly stone throwing and tear gas. These conflicts will be between protestors and riot police, so just aviod the areas where the marches or protests are occuring. No matter what happens, it won't be as bad as what the '49'ers had to face when crossing Panama to get to California. Also, please understand that the article was written by a scared and ignorant child in 1856 in the language of the day. I include it here to provide some interesting historical background, and to show how one drunken fruit-stealing sailor can start a whole lot of trouble.)