Friday, June 19, 2015

GENISA director arrested in Honduras as Panama's President sends riot squad to indigenous protests

President Varela of Panama dispatched the riot squad to Tolé yesterday, June 18, in a move intended to intimidate activists protesting against the Barro Blanco hydroelectric dam on the Tabasará River.

Since Monday, June 15, the '22 September Movement' and the '10 April Movement' (M10) have been periodically closing the Interamerican highway for no more than two hours at a time, in addition to continuously blocking the entrance to the project to prevent workers from entering. The influx of state troopers coincided with the arrival of the governor of Chiriquí province, Hugo Méndez, with whom the protesters have been in dialogue.


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