In Panama, Protesters Want Deeper Reform

By Cristina Guevara

The demonstrations that have rocked the country for weeks go far beyond inflation.

PANAMA CITY — Panama’s massive demonstrations began when teachers’ unions mobilized to protest cost-of-living increases, but they quickly escalated into the largest national protests since the fall of dictator Manuel Antonio Noriega in 1989. Over the course of three weeks, deep-seated popular concerns over poverty, inequality and corruption boiled over. A broad range of unions, Indigenous rights groups and over 30 industry associations have joined the protests. For now, street blockades have been lifted as civil society groups negotiate eight priorities with the administration of...

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