Event(s): Ongoing disputes over a national mining contract has led to protests and road closures, causing significant traffic congestion in various parts of Panama City the morning of October 19. Additional demonstrations are anticipated October 19 at 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm. The areas around the National Assembly and main thoroughfares are likely to experience the heaviest congestion. Future protests are expected over the next several weeks.
While most demonstrations are non-violent, the Panamanian National Police have used tear gas and/or riot control munitions in response to demonstrations, particularly when roadways are blocked, or aggression is used against the police.
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- Avoid demonstrations.
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