The protests in Changuinola have been joined by civilians who were previously holed up in their houses, because the police has been shooting tear gas grenades into homes indiscriminately, supposedly to smoke out rioters.
As a result, an 8 months old baby has died of respiratory problems. The child could not be brought to a medical facility because of the violent situation in the streets.
The news comes as the ministry of labor headed by Martinelli's narco-lawyer Alma Cortés announced that negotiations with the protest leaders aren't going anywhere. The reason for this is that the government still refuses to repeal Law 30, affectionately known as the "sausage law". This law reduces workers rights, gives impunity to the police for crimes they commit and removes environmental protection.
Changuinola is completely isolated from the outside world. No cars are entering or leaving and the airport is reportedly used by the police only, although we couldn't confirm that.