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Road Blockage in Panama Causing Economic Impact

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Indigenous groups in the interior of Panama continue to maintain the closure of the Inter-American highway, the main supply route to the interior of the country. The private sector unions complained about the economic impact from these protests and street closures in the province of Chiriqui, exceed $ 1.5 million dollars.

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Business Sector Calls For Action ‘drastic’ To Halt Indian Protest

The Union of Industrialists of Panama (SIP) called a “protest unjustified” pressure measurement indigenous groups who have different points of the provinces of Chiriqui, Bocas del Toro and Veraguas.

While the Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama (CCIAP) reiterated its rejection of street closures and asked the Indian community to reopen the American way to allow free passage of vehicles.

The private sector unions complained about the economic losses have been recorded by these protests. Not until yesterday, Wednesday, losses from the closure of streets in various parts of the American way, in the province of Chiriqui, exceed $ 1.5 million dollars.

IAPA president, John F. Kiener, sent a letter to the government minister, Jorge Ricardo Fabrega, in which he expressed concern that “ethnic groups with selfish criteria have illegally closed the Interamerican Highway, affecting all the country, without considering the disastrous consequences for Most Panamanians. ”

The letter was released to the media this afternoon February 2.

In the letter warns that “if this anomalous situation continues and does not put a stop to disrespect for the law and the Constitution” will increase in the capital, the growing scarcity that already have food and lack raw material for major industrial companies.

“We consider it our duty to resort to the authorities to comply with the constitutional duty to guarantee everyone the right to travel freely in the country and to punish those who violate this exemplary principle” is indicated in the letter.

For his part, President of the CCIAP, Federico Humbert, said that this type of action “impairs our local and international image.”

He added, could result in an unnecessary confrontation between indigenous communities and sectors affected by reducing the supply of fuel, food and other basic goods.

Humbert said through a statement that “we disagree with the use of such measures, which affect society and trust that will be well disposed towards the areas of understanding.

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