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Tuesday, February 19 2019 @ 04:37 PM UTC

Very Slow News Day in Panama (Holiday)

History & ReferenceBy DON WINNER for - It's a very slow news day in Panama today, because everyone is enjoying the long weekend thanks to the celebration of Panama's "separation" from Colombia on 3 November 1903. They make the distinction of calling Panama's "independence" day 28 November, when Panama was a part of Colombia, and they gained their "independence" from Spain. Panamanian scholars rehash this argument over semantics every year.

The 3rd of November fell on a Saturday this year, so they pushed the day off to Monday to give everyone a three day weekend. As it happens every year, there was an "exodus" from Panama City starting last Friday which jammed the bus terminal and highways. The only real news stories being generated are about the traffic. And of course later today everyone will be returning to Panama City, and the traffic from the Interior will be impossible. Everyone goes back to work tomorrow.

Copyright 2012 by Don Winner for Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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