Panama: Questioning Strength of Panamanian Democracy After Protests Against Law 30 and Martinelli

Pilar Chato writes [es] for the blog Oye about the recent violent protests by banana plantation workers in Bocas del Toro that lasted nine days and, as she reports, left “700 detained, hundreds injured and various dead.” She goes on to say that protests against the government of Ricardo Martinelli have escalated: “the accusations of a civil dictatorship are not only coming from the opposition but also from social, environmental and human rights organizations.” She also explains what Law 30 is all about, a precursor for the protests in Bocas del Toro.

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