Panama Indians Again Blockade Pan-American Highway


Salon Staff
February 18, 2012 9:00AM (UTC)

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Members of an Indian tribe in Panama are again blocking the Pan-American Highway after a breakdown in negotiations with the government over new dams.

Local television showed groups of Ngobe-Bugle Indians blocking the highway Friday in two spots in the province of Chiriqui near the border with Costa Rica.

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Indigenous groups are against changes that the Panamanian government made to a mining law and its plans to build dams in their territory in western Panama.

The Indians first set up a blockade Jan. 30 to protest lawmakers' refusal to prohibit the large-scale projects.

Mediator Jose Luis Lacunza says the government agreed during the ensuing negotiations to cancel all minining concessions but the talks broke down over dams.


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