This weekend there was a bit of an uprising in the Juvenile Correction Center in Tocumen, where minor delinquents are being held. They were angry, just like the entire population of the capital, because there is no potable water there as a result of government corruption, ineptness and because our water company IDAAN doesn't know how to produce potable water.
True to form, the pitbull killers of the National Police, headed by a former Noriega hitman, came in, not to bring water but "to prevent a mass escape". Somehow a cell was set on fire (reportedly by a teargas cannister they shot inside), the fire spread, the police refused firefighters entry, and seven of those teenagers are now maimed for the rest of their lives - which surely exceeds the term of their sentence.
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Of course, the police now investigates its own crimes. As was the case in Bocas, they'll find nothing wrong with what they did - even when every independent and government commission said they were responsible for the violence, the dead and the wounded.
The media are making these attempts at being "objective" about it, but that only helps the cover-up. There is nothing to be unbiased about when it comes to burning teens in a facility that clearly lacks security and no water to put out the fire. One wonders how long Panamanians will continue to put up with the corrupt and murderous bunch that runs this country.
Martinelli himself, meanwhile, is off to Paraguay, where they have showers.
One of the seven wounded died. Three victims have died. Eric Alexis Batista Mosquera was due to be released in just ten days, having finished his sentence for illegal possession of a firearm. He was going to be 18 next February 2nd.
Meanwhile, TVN reports that there are more victims, and that the Forensics Department claims they were not just burnt, but also beaten and showing wounds caused by handcuffs. In other words, some of these teenagers were handcuffed, then burnt. The ministers of Government and Security are openly fighting over the affair, each blaming the other. The Public Ministry has launched a murder investigation, for what that's worth.