Indigenous peoples protest against Martinelli government’s offering their lands to foreigners
[Translation of an article from ContraPunto of San Salvador, El Salvador, for February 18. See original here.]
By Fernando de Dios
The reform of the Mineral Resources Code approved last Thursday by Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli has sparked rejection by a number of social sectors led by the indigenous peoples of the Ngäbe Buglé district, in the west of the country.
They have organized protests in the past few weeks and the situation threatens to bring on a re-enactment of the violent repression that occurred in the Bocas de Toro province last July, which cost the lives of ten people. (more…)