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Panama commemorates Martyrs Day

The protocolary events included the celebration of a Mass in La Merced church and a visit to the tomb of President Roberto Francisco Chiari, Panamanian president in 1964
  • The protocolary events included the celebration of a Mass in La Merced church and a visit to the tomb of President Roberto Francisco Chiari, Panamanian president in 1964
  • Panama Presidency

From Plaza La Independencia, Panamanian president, Juan Carlos Varela, and the vice president and chancellor, Isabel de Saint Malo remembered the fallen students of the January 9, 1964 demonstration.

Several protesters lost their lives trying to hoist the Panamanian flag along with the United States one in the former Canal Zone. Currently, these events are considered the most important manifestation of sovereignty in the country. The protests registered at least 500 injured and 21 citizens lost their lives in what is known as the rescue of national sovereignty.

Varela declared that the date “marked the path to sovereignty and the recovery of the Canal”, which today belongs to Panama. “The main responsibility is to use the resources provided by this Canal for the benefit of the entire population,” Varela added. The protocolary events included the celebration of a Mass in La Merced church and a visit to the tomb of President Roberto Francisco Chiari, Panamanian president in 1964.
 

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