PANAMA ( Associated Press) – Teachers and union leaders in Panama agreed on Thursday eight priority issues they would like to discuss with the government at the same dialogue table in a new effort to end protests over the high cost of living. Let’s hope. The country shook Central American for three weeks.
These include reducing and freezing fuel and food prices, as well as addressing issues of transparency in public administration and corruption. President Laurentino Cortizo’s government has already announced a $3.25 per gallon price limit for all citizens as well as freezing gasoline on a range of basic food products, but the measures have quelled discontent in streets and road blocks. not done.
The dialogue table being held in the central province of Cochleum, which has the Catholic Church as a facilitator, is one of the most inclusive of efforts to get out of the social crisis. Leaders of the protests had said a day earlier that they hope to present their settled demands to the government on Thursday, which has not made a statement so far.
The dialogue is made up of teachers, labor unions and social and indigenous organizations that have been involved in the protests, whose catalyst was a sharp rise in fuel and food prices in recent months.
According to officials, nationwide mobilization and road closures have led to food shortages in the capital, while western provinces have faced shortages of fuel and medical, agro-industrial and essential supplies.
Protesters agreed on Wednesday night to temporarily clear the main cutoff points of the Pan-American Highway that connects Costa Rica so that trucks carrying food, fuel and supplies can reach their destinations.
However, the caravan with goods was organized by a group of people at one point in the western province of Chiriqui. The transporters told local media that there were armed men and prevented them from moving forward.
The attackers were identified by the Public Ministry, which ordered the arrest of two of them, apparently leading the group. The attorney said in a tweet that the two men would be charged with a crime against the Administration of Justice (apology for the offence) to the detriment of the state of Panama.
After overcoming the crash, a caravan of a hundred trucks with food to supply the country’s main food market in the capital proceeded through the central provinces.