Panama Indians Raise War Cry on Mining
by Tom McGregor    Thu, Feb 2, 2012, 06:01 PM
Indians in Panama are painting their faces with war paint and prepared to scalp miners. They have already been blocking roads in two provinces on the Costa Rican border in a dispute over so-called mineral exploitation on their primitive lands.

According to the Houston Chronicle, “protestors from the Ngobe-Bugle tribe have been manning roadblocks of stones and branches set up Monday in Bocas del Toro and Chiriqui in Western Panama. They have also closed sections of road in Varaguas province.”

A tribal chief informed the Associated Press on Thursday that the demonstrators refuse to negotiate directly with the government, but insist on negotiations with the Legislative Assembly of the Central American nation. The assembly has taken the first step steps toward lifting a mining moratorium in the area where many of the members of the tribe domesticate.

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written by T , February 04, 2012

For a journalist the the first part of your story is a touch lopsided who are you trying to make look bad ?

written by IqpI , February 07, 2012

the arbitrary measures of the government have led the situation to go out of control. The government shut down cell phone communication and they even treat to shut down electric power in the areas, with out a court rule, this violates constitutional rights, and individual contractual rights and even international communications agreements. This crisis might get the country out of hands, because now several other groups that found out government intentions on tax increases, social security deduction increase, “sala 5ta” and the willing of the government to stay in power.

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