This Tuesday marks the 54th anniversary of the historic feat in which 21 Panamanian youths lost their lives after confronting US troops occupying the Panama Canal area at that time. A group of students from the National Institute marched to the area of Balboa demanding that the National Flag be hoisted, but after the consent of the US authorities a group of American youths prevented the act surrounding the Panamanians. This act was the trigger for clashes between US security forces and Panamanian students who tried to hoist the flag in different parts of Panama City (Balboa, Av. Los Mártires and El Chorrillo).
The events that occurred on January 9, 1964 are cataloged as fundamental for the signing of the Torrijos-Carter Treaties in 1977 and gave full sovereignty to Panama over the Canal on December 31, 1999.