Panama Strikes Intensify following Second Mine Agreement

27th October 2023

A revised contract between the Panama state and Minera Panamá has resulted in a wave of civil unrest across the country. Schools and universities have suspended classes, MiBus has cancelled some bus services and medical staff followed through with a threat to join the strike. Adolfo Fábrega,  president of the Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama (Cciap) claims that the protests are costing the country US$60-90mn a day. After Congress and President Cortizo approved the contract for 20 years, people took to the streets demanding the repeal of Law 406. There are at least three legal measures claiming the Law violates Panama’s constitution currently filed. The government and Minera Panamá stated that clauses that could violate Panama’s sovereignty were removed.

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