Tuesday, February 08 2011 @ 09:21 am EST
Contributed by: Don Winner
Voices against the bill are not lacking. The director of the organization Sustainable Panama, Raisa Banfield - who participated in the meeting - warned they would continue to protest, even after the project is adopted. "They are suppressing the Indians. I am outraged. To whom to they owe their votes, to the people who oppose mining or to foreign countries," she said. For her part, the the executive director of the National Association for the Conservation of Nature, Alida Spadafora, said the repressions against the people in the interior of the country are measures of intimidation so that people will not go out to fight for their rights. "They did not take into account our contributions to the consultations, and much less will they listen to us now," she said.
Rufina Venado, a leader of the Kodrian region of the Ngäbe-Bugle people said they will not allow a single mine to operate in their territory. Meanwhile, the secretary general of the Trade Union of Construction Workers and Allied Workers (SUNTRACS), Saul Mendez, reported the police attacked the demonstrators with bird shot, rubber bullets and tear gas. "This is the second law Chorizo" he said. The full body of the National Assembly began the second debate yesterday afternoon. At about 8:00 p.m. the members declared themselves in permanent session. The Government has intensified their propaganda that advocates the adoption of the reform package. (Panama America)