In the week leading up to Panama’s independence day on November 3rd, Panamanians were hard at work deciding what future they want for their country. Demonstrators and police clashed in Panama City during a protest against the constitutional reform and at least 44 people were arrested according to data from the authorities.
The demonstrators were mostly students and activists from the LGBTI community. They were dispersed with pepper spray by agents of the National Police.
Talks on the Constitutional reform had dismissed the possibility of same-sex marriage, which had previously
been under discussion in the National Assembly. Also, lawmaker “Bolota” Salazar refused to let activists enter the Parliament stating that “they’re gays, they can’t get into the Assembly.”
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