Cattle ranchers have launched demonstrations in Azuero Peninsula on Tuesday, December 18, to protest free trade agreements. Organizers contend the trade deals, particularly the US-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement, have negatively impacted profits for Panamanian ranchers. A heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions are to be expected near protest sites in the coming hours and days.
Police and ranchers have clashed in recent weeks after demonstrations blocked roadways in the Azuero Peninsula. Farmers and ranchers have staged several protests nationwide since August due to perceived unfair trade practices.
Individuals in Panama are advised to anticipate localized transportation disruptions around protest sites and to avoid all demonstrations as a precaution.
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