Labor Minister Cortez Breaks Her Silence On Bocas del Toro Clashes
Wednesday, October 27 2010 @ 04:28 PM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
However, the report submitted by the Special Commission appointed by the administration of Ricardo Martinelli to investigate the facts of Bocas del Toro stressed that the intervention of the Minister Cortés, instead of tempering the mood of the workers, caused them to become even more agitated.
CALL TO SANCHEZ CARDENAS: PRD leader, Francisco Sanchez Cardenas, was called to sustain the complaint he filed over the recording of his telephone conversations, allegedly made during the strike in Changuinola. Sanchez Cardenas said that the tone of this government is in trying to say the law they passed was a good one, when all of the people rejected it. He said Cortes was charged with the task of improving the mood in Bocas del Toro, and she is one of those responsible, together with the rest of the government, for the situation getting out of control.
Law 30 was adopted on June 16. The adoption of the new law resulted in clashes in Bocas del Toro that left more than 700 wounded and two people dead. The report of the Special Commission says there were two more deaths, and the report from the Ombudsman says five children died from tear gas. (El Siglo)
Editor's Comment: At this point I don't think there's any doubt that the SUNTRACS labor union leaders co-opted the two banana unions, and the PRD leadership provided the funding to really get the strikes going. The SUNTRACS and PRD are now working together against their common enemy, Ricardo Martinelli. Did I mention that the SUNTRACS is starting their own political party and they intend to run a candidate for president in 2014? Did you know that ex-president Martin Torrijos is a Member of the Commission for a Sustainable World Society of the Socialist International organization? Have no doubt, this is a right vs. left struggle - with the PRD and SUNTRACS firmly on the (far) left, and Ricardo Martinelli center-right (populist.) Interesting mix of characters, scenario, setting, economics, social policy, etc.