We don't know about you, dear reader, but we have tremendously enjoyed the great Palacios show over the last days. He was missing. The police said "we know nutting". Then everybody got angry and demanded an investigation and, voilá! There was Palacios!
The good news: He does not have to be added to the list of people who were murdered by the police. The bad news: We STILL don't know what happened. La Prensa added it all up and lists now no less than seven different versions of events. Palacios was protesting. He was not protesting. Mysterious black men beat him up and the police brought him to a hospital. There were no black men and he was seen being arrested by the police on Finca 66. He came out of the hospital and went looking for work. The hospital has no record of him being there, and denies anyone unconscious was brought in at the date the police claims.
And it doesn't stop there. The police said they found him within 72 hours. But his family wasn't informed. He remains in the police clinic, guarded, and nobody can explain why.
So, someone is lying. Given Mr. Gustavo Perez's history, we have our own ideas about what really happened here. And in any case, can't these people get at least their lies straight?
The Panamanian chapter of Human Rights Everywhere has sensibly demanded an impartial investigation into what really happened here.
Meanwhile, the uneducated bunch of thugs that passes for "government" in this country continues its bizarre tactics of repression. Magaly Castillo, head of the Pro-Justice Alliance, was summoned to the prosecutors office because she had accompanied the delegation that filed the habeas corpus with the judicial madhouse Supreme Court in favor of Valentín Palacios when he was still missing. She refused to make any statement there as she was denied the right to a lawyer. The public ministry is, as you know, headed by our pseudo-procurador Guiseppe Bonissi, who was caught in some good old-fashioned acts of nepotism giving jobs to family members of his ex-wife.