Panama Working To Identify Human Remains Of Victims of Military Dictatorship
Wednesday, June 06 2012 @ 09:41 AM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
Editor's Comment: Dozens if not hundreds of people were murdered during the brutal military dictatorships of Omar Torrijos (1968 - 1981) and Manuel Antonio Noriega (1983 - 1989). Omar Torrijos created the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) in 1979 in order to give an air of legitimacy to his military dictatorship, so the PRD is basically the party representing the years of the military dictatorship. After Noriega was arrested and thrown in prison by the government of the United States as a result of the US Just Cause military invasion, the PRD has been elected to run the country twice, Ernesto Perez Balladares (1994 - 1999) and Martin Torrijos (2004 - 2009). So, in the 22 years since the invasion and a return of democracy to Panama, about half of that time has been under the control of the PRD. Every time the PRD gets back in power they shut down this investigatory process of trying to identify the remains of those killed during the years of the military dictatorship, and every time a non-PRD party has been elected - either the Panameńistas or now the Cambio Democratico - the reactivate the process. These types of headlines serve to remind everyone of the brutal, murderous, and repressive nature of the PRD. And when they say the current leadership of the PRD are "dinosaurs" what they really mean is that those guys are contemporaries of Torrijos and Noriega.