Our government is completely isolated locally and internationally, but some of its members still don't get it. Minister Giselle Burillo, for example, is quoted in El Panama America saying that there is a "perverse conspiracy" against the government by civil society groups that want to "undermine democracy" in Panama.
She then goes on about how human rights groups claimed that Valentín Palacios was missing (which indeed he was) and how they blamed the government (he was in their custody) and how the activist groups are to blame for the massacre in Bocas.
Where does Martinelli find these wackos for his government, one wonders?
The cheap attempt to use Palacios's suspicious reappearance as some sort of "evidence" that the government did nothing wrong and is being falsely accused is a dumb and transparent ploy to distract from the indisputable fact that Martinelli's gang of thugs did kill at least 4 people in Bocas, and likely more. Including small children.
Panama has been widely condemned internationally for the excessive use of force in Bocas, but the douchebags in charge haven't gotten the news yet, it seems.
Meanwhile, La Prensa reports that no less than 17 union leaders will be charged with "attacking the security of the Canal". The Panamanian Inquisition public ministry's Tomás de Torquemada Angél Calderon maintains that, during a public meeting to coordinate protests, these leaders have said they would make the Canal a target. Laborers working on the Canal expansion project went on strike for days to renegotiate their contract after the government had unilaterally canceled some clauses.