Last Sunday, November 4, another Day of the National Symbols was celebrated in Panama with a great parade of color and national feeling, painting the streets and the Government Palace with the typical costumes and many flags that waved before Juan Carlos Varela and high officials of the cabinet.
In a day that began at 7 am with the raising of the flag by the President, many indigenous children paraded through all the streets, as well as the women with their typical colored skirt and white shirt, honoring the colors of the flag.
With the start of the national holidays on the day of the separation from Colombia, more than 60 schools (public and private) participated in the ceremony that this Monday, continues with the celebration of November 5, Colón Day is celebrated in commemoration of the definitive separation of Colombia that dates from 115 years.
For this date, Varela himself will make an appearance in the city on a scheduled visit for the independence parties, which will also serve to deliver works in the city and also pay attention to the Law of Free Port in the town. Among the works to be delivered by the president, the remodeled Mercado Publico de Colón, the new building of the Gobernación and the renewed Avenida Bolívar stand out.
Panama's national dates extend throughout the month of November, so the color and celebration in its streets will continue to be present along with official acts in which more announcements are expected from the Government, as well as the participation of various civil society groups.
In these celebrations, names such as Porfirio Meléndez, Carlos Clemant and Aminta Meléndez are remembered after the patriotic acts that took place in the 20th century, to make way for the historic November 3, 1903 with the proclamation of separation of Colombia by Panama .
President Varela took the opportunity to recall the criticisms to which he has been exposed during the year precisely for the works carried out in Colón, which last March was paralyzed between protests and strikes led by Edgardo Votier, motivated by the alleged exclusion of classes promoted by the president of Panama with the architectural changes proposed.
These protests began with the unrest of the population before the tender made three years ago by the Government of Panama for the renovation of the City of Colón, highlighting the construction of 5,000 social housing and the reconstruction of the storm water and sewage system.
For the time being, Votier declared that Varela seeks to "privatize and elitize the city of Colón as it has happened in the old quarter of the Panamanian capital, where only the rich and foreigners can live." This recovery process was in the hands of the consortium Nuevo Colón, formed by Odebrecht and the Panamanian Constructora Urbana (CUSA), for 537 million dollars initially, although the budget has already exceeded one billion dollars.
Despite being the second most productive area of Panama, its inhabitants live in a worrying poverty that has led to various strikes, protests and even riots, so that by this time some reaction is expected from civil society.