Since our visionary maximum leader, il Duce Martinelli, rammed this so-called "sausage law" through the assembly, our heroic national police has become increasingly creative in cooking up new funky schemes for fun and profit. And so, after the Battle of Bocas, the magician tricks with Valentín Palacios, human trafficking and the vice squad raiding dangerous schoolgirls in underwear, they've now introduced a new attraction to the numerous great things the mountain village of Boquete has to offer: Beat up environmentalists!
Boquete, dear readers, is an immensely popular destination for tourists and retirees who visit the small town and its surroundings primarily because of its stunning natural beauty. These nature loving visitors can choose from an endless list of paths to follow, rivers to raft, birds to watch and comfortable hotels to spend the night. But for the local authorities, this was apparently not enough. They thought that was was needed was more lively entertainment, más movimiento, as they say in Panamanian. Or: Bring the successful Bocas concept to other tourism destinations as well!
And so it happened that this Monday morning the 20st, the known local nature-lover Carmencita Tedman woke up, only to discover that some men with heavy machinery were busy to illegally construct a road on her property. Obviously she protested, and soon the corregidora arrived, with the police. A corregidor, for who doesn't know this, is the lowest level judicial authority in the country. They usually do not have a legal background, don't know the law, and are easy to bribe. No doubt this one in Boquete, one Walkiria Castillo, had been handsomely rewarded for her services by those behind the illegal road construction, because even for these most retarded members of the judiciary it is unusual to order the police to beat someone up - yet that is exactly what she did. And so the policemen - one of them listening to the name Osvaldo Cerracin - being the brain dead gorillas they are, beat her up. For good measure they threw in some pepper spray as well, because anyone knows that nature lovers are dangerous! See the picture gallery below.
So, retirees and tourists, from now on: Hide your binoculars, your birding guidebooks, walking gear and everything else that might mark you as a lover of Boquete's natural beauty! After all, it is much more fun to see others being hit with those tropical hardwood sticks than to undergo the Boquete police treatment yourself.