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Monday, July 28 2014 @ 06:18 AM EDT

Protesters Tear Down Windows Separating Public From National Assembly Deputies - Session Suspended

PoliticsThe plastic windows that divide the public viewing stand area from the seats where the Deputies of the National Assembly work were torn down by protesters in the stands who reject the passage of the bills up for discussion. Among the protesters was a leader of the Youth Movement of the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) who entered the session. The windows of the Assembly over the seats located in the back rows were broken, and the environment is out of control. The PRD youth leader along with other protesters who were in the stands tore down the windows and jumped down to the floor of the National Assembly. One of the protesters in the stands came to the session and started shouting insults against the deputies. The young man was removed by security agents working at the National Assembly.

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 (Panameņistas 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.

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