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Thursday, July 24 2014 @ 03:25 PM EDT

The Famous "Article 5" Is Complete And Utter Bullshit - Protest Is A Politically Motivated Farce

Gold & MiningThe chairman of the Committee of Economic and Commercial Affairs of the National Assembly, Deputy Raul Hernandez, said they have "fully" met the requests made by both the indigenous Indians from the Ngöge-Buglé comarca and environmentalists who are demanding the reinstatement of Article 5 into Bill Number 415. He said the request being made by the Coordinator for the Defense of Natural Resources and the Rights of the Ngäbe-Bugle People is already contained in Article 3 and Article 8, as agreed to and signed by the participants in the coordination meetings weeks ago, which says "It is prohibited to grant concessions for the exploration, exploitation and extraction of metallic and nonmetallic mining."

The Article the demonstrators from the Ngäbe-Bugle region are asking to be reinstated to Bill Number 415 (Article 5) says "All of the existing concessions granted to domestic or foreign companies for the exploitation of mineral resources and the construction of hydroelectric projects in the Ngäbe-Bugle region, surrounding areas, territories, and communities outside the area are cancelled, and the work being done by all of these companies is suspended."

Hernandez spoke about the protesters who are blocking the Inter American Highway in San Felix and other parts in the Western area of the country on the channel 13 Telemetro morning news broadcast, saying they cannot advocate for the rights because they are not the (true) representatives of the Ngöge-Buglé region. Hernandez said he thinks political operatives from the opposition political parties might have infiltrated into the ranks of the protesters. "It's sad to see how they are using our Ngöbe brothers," said the deputy. (Panama America)

National Assembly Deputy Raúl Hernández

Editor's Comment: Ah ha! So THAT'S why we have not heard until now the contents of this famous "Article 5" - it's complete and utter bullshit. If you read it carefully, if those words were included in Bill 415 and passed as law, then all mining operations in the entire country would immediately become illegal. All hydroelectric plants in the entire country would immediately become illegal. All currently operating mines and hydroelectric plants would have to be shut down instantly and all concessions cancelled. And all construction on these types of activities for newly granted concessions would be immediately suspended. Of course that's not going to happen. This is why yesterday several government ministers said the protesting Indians are being "coached" by political operatives from the opposition PRD and/or Panameńista political parties to demand things that they know the government is never going to grant. And the protesting Indians are not even sitting down at any kind of a negotiation table to talk with the government - they are just blocking the roadway and waiting for the riot police to fire tear gas, so they can claim they have been "repressed." And what's more, these are not even the legitimate representatives of the Ngöge-Buglé people. This is a show. A politically motivated circus. What crap...

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