Demonstrators are expected to gather in Panama City on Friday, July 31, outside the National Assembly. Several unions, including the National Confederation of Independent Workers' Union (CONUSI) and the Union of Construction and Similar Workers (SUNTRACS), have gathered in cities across the country over the past week to protest a new labour bill. On Thursday, July 30, nationwide protests were held with participants gathering outside Ministry of Labour offices in major cities and provinces, including Panama City, Colón, Coclé province, Darién province, Herrera province, and Veraguas province. Additional protests were reported in other towns and cities. Demonstrators also gathered outside the National Assembly in Panama City on Thursday.
Media sources suggest that protests have remained peaceful. Localized disruptions and a heightened security presence should be anticipated in Panama City on Friday. Further protests and associated disruptions are likely in the coming days across Panama.
Those in Panama City, and other major cities of Panama, are advised to avoid all protests as a precaution, monitor the situation, allow ample travel time, and obey instructions issued by the local authorities.
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