Protesters Tear Down Windows Separating Public From National Assembly Deputies - Session Suspended
Monday, June 18 2012 @ 01:42 PM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
The Bills the protesters are rejecting is Bill 486 which modifies the Law on Energy which allows for the sale of state owned shares, and the one presented by the Minister of Economy and Finance which allows for the sale of 24% of the state owned shares in the Cable and Wireless company. After the windows in the National Assembly were broken, Deputies from the opposition parties (Panameñistas and PRD) took flags and stood in front of the CD Deputies, covering their faces at the head table. (Telemetro)
Editor's Comment: During the chaos, some of the computers and the microphone system on the floor of the National Assembly was damaged. The CD has declared a "suspension" of the session today, but it has NOT been called off. This means they can reactivate the session at any time. It now seems like they will clear out the National Assembly and wait for tomorrow. Because of all of these protests and violent actions, I suspect that tomorrow the National Assembly will be surrounded by riot control police officers, and they will hold their sessions in an environment of control and security, and they will probably not allow public access. This is the first time protesters from the public have torn down the windows and jumped down to the floor of the National Assembly.