People in Panama are rising up, blockading highways over a fuel and food crisis many believe was caused by the government.
On Sunday, talks broke down between protesters and the Panama government, which had offered to give some financial aid to lower gas prices for Panamanians if they agreed to stop blockading roads.
According to Luis Sanchez, a leader of the Anadepo civic grouping, though an agreement was signed, he didn’t feel it was binding as he still needed to “consult the rank and file” amid the grassroots protesters and union heads.
He added that the agreement “was signed under pressure.”
Those protesting appear to have taken inspiration from the Dutch, as the government hadn’t been willing to come to the table until protesters began setting fires on roads that led to government offices, which caused major delays and inconvenienced officials.
Fourteenth day of a general strike in Panama due to rising prices, deteriorating living conditions and corruption of the political class. Numerous roads blocked and tensions with the police in many areas of the country. pic.twitter.com/VOpAFzFl5P
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