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271. New Riot Control Vehicles Take a Beating - ...
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - The Panamanian National Police Unidad de Control de Multitudes (UCM) (Riot Control Unit) recently purchased a new fleet of Ford F350 vehicles especially hardened for riot control duty. These most recent confrontations with striking construction workers were the first time they've had a reason ...
272. Bus Drivers and Owners Briefly Close Transístmica in ...
By Meredith Serracin for the Panama America - For a short time a group of bus drivers and owners closed Transístmica near the Los Andes commercial center in protest over rising fuel costs and the implementation of the new Transmóvil transportation system. When they closed the street riot control police ...
273. Transportation Workers Declare Indefinite Strike (For Next Tuesday)
By Manuel Vega Loo for La Prensa - The President of the National Chamber of Transportation (Canatra), Dionisio Ortega, said this afternoon they have declared an indefinite work stoppage starting next Tuesday. "It was the decision of the union members, of the transportation workers who get out of bed at ...
274. ANFACSS Blocks Transistmica For Third Day - They ...
La Critica - The Association of Functionaries and Administrative Workers of the Social Security Office (ANFACSS) blocked all four lanes of Via Transístmica today near the Bolivar building. While a large number of employees keep this important road blocked, a commission from the ANFACSS is meeting with representatives from the ...
275. Funeral To Be Held For Jerónimo Rodríguez Tugri ...
The autopsy on the corpse of Jerónimo Rodríguez Tugri, who was killed during the clashes between riot police and protesting indigenous people in San Felix, on Sunday 5 February 2012, determined he died as a result of a "gunshot wound in the anterior left chest." Yesterday family members, friends, and ...
276. Panama Protests Build Over US FTA
Panama, 16 Feb (Prensa Latina) Agricultural unions and associations in Panama repeated their intention Thursday to continue protests over the way the Isthmus government is negotiating a free trade treaty with the United States. Panama´s First Vice President and Foreign Minister Samuel Lewis Navarro has traveled to Washington in the ...
277. Power Cuts Cause Protests on Via Transístmica
By Denise Lara for Telemetro Reporta - Chaos was the result of an unexpected closing of Via Transístmica route at 1:00 pm on Friday afternoon, when residents from Viejo Veranillo decided to close the street after workers from the electrical company arrived and starting making mass disconnections of illegal electrical ...
278. Dialogue ends 7 days of anxiety
At 6:15 pm yesterday afternoon, with the signature of the general chieftain, Silvia Carrera, the agreement of San Lorenzo ended the anxiety of the Ngäbe Bugle people on the item they required to be included in the special law on mining. Prior to the signing, and behind closed doors, applause ...
279. "Cell Phone Service Will Remain Off Until Further ...
Public Security Minister, Jose Raul Mulino, said via cell phone, that cell phone communications will not be reestablished in the area of San Felix where there have been clashes between the National Police and indigenous groups for security reasons. Mulino said information was obtained that the phone towers could have ...
280. SUNTRACS Will Protest on Monday
By Jilma Aguilar for El Siglo - Gregorio Guerrel, General Secretary of the SUNTRACS labor union, said that they would be holding protests starting early Monday morning over recent construction accidents and the lack of adequate safety measures. Last Friday Miguel Araúz fell from the 42nd floor of the building ...
281. Banana Labor Union Leaders Have "Lost Control Of ...
Panama's Labor Minister, Alma Cortez, said banana workers are being manipulated by union leaders who misrepresent the truth. Cortes said the general secretary of the Banana Workers Union (SITRAIBANA), Genaro Benet, confessed that they have lost control of the situation. She said the workers are not fighting over demands related ...
282. Riot Police Fire Tear Gas at Petaquilla Protestors
By Yessika Valdés for the Panama America - Riot police cleared protesting farmers from the community of Coclesito were cleared from the Pan American Highway as they waited to talk to the Governor of Coclé, according to the leader of this group, Maria Muñoz. "We were waiting for the Governor ...
283. General Ngäbe-Buglé Congress Will Not Be Meeting, For ...
LLANO TUGRÍ, Ngäbe-Bugle region - For the second time this Thursday, 8 March 2012, the Ordinary General Congress in the Ngäbe-Bugle district was not held. This conference was to have been held in the context of the commemoration of the fifteenth anniversary of the founding of the region, through Law ...
284. Strikes Cost National Economy $1.5 Million Per Day
Demonstrations and street closures cost the economy about $1.5 million dollars per day, according to an analysis completed by the Chamber of Commerce, Industry, and Agriculture of Panama. This estimate only includes the areas of Panama City and Miguelito but not Colon, which was practically blockaded yesterday by protesting administrative ...
285. 25 DIJ Officers Who Were Fired File Appeal
TVN Noticias - The 25 officers who used to work for the Department of Judicial Investigation (DIJ) have filed a "motion for reconsideration" with the National Police, asking to have the disciplinary measure imposed against them left without effect. Reports obtained by TVN-News say the former DIJ detectives went to ...
286. Small Protest on Friday
There was a small protest on Friday. All of the usual characters were represented - The FRENADESO guys, SUNTRACS, FER-29. It was a relatively small affair, and they just made their voices heard and got some pictures in the papers. You're simply not going to get a large turnout for ...
287. FAD and FRENADESO Reject Proposed Changes to Electoral ...
Members of the Broad Front for Democracy (FAD) and the National Front for the Defense of Economic and Social Panama (Frenadeso) protested outside the National Assembly of Deputies. Members of these groups manifest publicly their opposition to the proposed amendments to the current Electoral Code, an initiative by the legislative ...
288. Police and SUNTRACS Clash in David
The protest lasted over an hour until it was dissolved by the police. What began as a peaceful protest ended in clashes between members of the Sole Union of Construction and Similar (SUNTRACS) and National Police units. This clash occurred yesterday in the premises of the Ministry of Labor and ...
289. Protesting Indians Blocking Roads in Bocas del Toro
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - According to RPC Radio, protesting Indians have closed the bridge over the Changuinola river, and blocked the road going towards Almirante. Copyright 2012 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.
290. SUNTRACS Protesting Over Job Safety
By MARGGIE TREJOS for El Siglo - Construction workers conducted a demonstration for two hours on Calle 54 in Obarrio yesterday morning, demanding that construction companies comply with safety regulations. The Secretary of Occupational Health of the Unique National Union of Construction Workers Industry of Panama (SUNTRACS), Gregorio Guerrel, said ...
291. Classes At University of Panama Still Suspended As ...
The Academic Council of the University of Panama will not authorize the resumption of classes until they have received a detailed report based on an analysis of videos taken during the clashes last Friday, 25 May 2012, between protesting students and riot control police officers. Today, at 3:00 pm., the ...
292. Protests Against Electricity Rate Hikes
The Panamanian government has approved rate hikes for the companies that produce and supply electricity, sparking demonstrations against the higher rates. The new rates took effect on 1 Jan 2006. Yesterday, students professors and workers of the University of Panama protested with signs on Transístmica near the university. In the ...
293. SUNTRACS Blocking Via Argentina
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - About 15 construction workers who are members of the SUNTRACS labor union are currently blocking Via Argentina near the Subway restaurant. (Current activity, 12:22 pm Thursday 12 Feb 2009). I just got two phone calls from people who are near the scene of the ...
294. Road To Volcan Blocked - Protests
A group of horticultural workers of ethnic Ngabe Bugle have closed the main road to Volcan in the province of Chiriqui, demanding that government representatives come to an agreement with the Indian Coordinator. This is the main road used to transport horticultural products to the National Market. Dozens of drivers, ...
295. Retirees Negotiating For Increase
Retirees met with Panama's Ombudsman's office and the Second Vice President Rubén Arosemena regarding their on-going strike and demand for an additional $30 per month in retiree pay. The leader of the "Independent" movement Eladio Fernández walked out of the meeting because Rafael Medina, the leader of the "Confederation" was ...
296. Update On Protests and Situations Around Panama
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - There's a lot going on today as the National Police continues their efforts to break up the protests that have kept the Inter American highway closed for six days; On 11th Street in the middle of Colon, people are burning tires in protest. One ...
297. Retirees and Pensioners Support Doctor's Strike
La Critica - The Independent Retirees and Pensioners of Panama joined in to support the doctor's strike today, because they think that good medical services and a lack of adequate medical equipment is not a problem caused by the doctor's labor union. Eladio Fernandez, the leader of the Association of ...
298. Customs Workers Go On Strike
La Critica - Today the employees who work at the Panamanian Customs offices as well as the members of the Association of Customs Employees announced that they are on strike effective immediately, demanding better salaries and working conditions. They said that if they did not receive an answer from the ...
299. Government Restricts Airspace Over Conflict Area in Panama
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - The government of Panama has decided to restrict the airspace over the conflict area where riot control police officers are battling protesting Indians at several points along the Inter American Highway. Journalists from the different television channels used helicopters yesterday to overfly the area, ...
300. Santo Tomas Hospital Doctors Call For Other Medical ...
#Panama - The doctors who work at the Santo Tomas hospital in Panama City, who signed an agreement with the Ministry of Health last Friday to end their strike, called a press conference today where they said there is no justification for the other medical unions to continue with the ...
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