Union leaders’ meeting at Soloy Hotel raided – UPDATE: police gives up!

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Police outside the Soloy hotel

As we are writing this, the Soloy hotel in Panama City is being raided by the police. Union leaders who were having a meeting there have been arrested.

Other union people who were marching towards the Plaza 5 de Mayo were also arrested by the police.

Details are still sketchy, but it is certain that various unions will initiate a nation-wide strike starting Monday (Update: La Critica says it's Tuesday, and in Veraguas activists have closed the highway).

We suspect the arrests are to negotiate a hostage exchange with activists who took three or four policemen hostage in Bocas. After all, police chief Gustavo Perez has a proven track record of taking hostages.

UPDATE: It looks like there is still a large group of civic leaders inside the hotel, which is under siege by the police. They didn't break any law, they were just having a meeting to coordinate a national strike.

UPDATE: La Prensa reports that the police has given up and is withdrawing from the area.

4 thoughts on “Union leaders’ meeting at Soloy Hotel raided – UPDATE: police gives up!

  1. Including Rev Roberto Bruneau of the Ecumenic Council
    There is no such a thing as Freedom of Reunion, Constitutional Guarantees and Rights ignored = Welcome Dictatorship

  2. Pingback: CHAOS: Does Panama still have one government? | Bananama Republic

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