PANAMA - Some 200 people protested yesterday in Panama City against the Venezuelan government, as part of the demonstrations convened last Saturday in 50 countries. But demonstrators found the clash of a group of nationals.
Groups of Venezuelan and Panamanian families gathered in the Urracá Park, under the slogan "No More," to call for an end of the government of Nicolás Maduro and repression against opposition marches, as well as respect for human rights.
About 20 people approached with flags and banners, demanding that Venezuelans living in Panama should return to their country under the slogan "Panama for Panamanians."
Panama was one of the first countries in Latin America to receive the wave of Venezuelan migrants in the last decade and there inhabits a community that, according to different sources, exceeds 100,000 people, although it could be greater due to the growing number of tourists, that remain living as residents most of the time.
This Saturday the demonstration convened by the Venezuelans was isolated from the focus of the counter-protest, which was monitored by the police.
The participants sang the national anthem of Venezuela and, with banners and slogans, demanded elections in their country and the freedom of political prisoners, in addition to condemning the recent deaths in clashes between demonstrators and security forces, which rise to six according to an unofficial balance.