Striking Panamanian teachers and their allies will protest indefinitely until President Laurentino Cortizo’s administration presents clear proposals for lowering high fuel and food prices, a union leader said Friday.
“There was an attempt by the government to approach us. Now it seems they want to step back from the call to dialogue, but let’s be honest: if they don’t have anything to propose, we’ll stay in the streets,” the head of the Teachers’ Association of Panama (Asoprof), Diogenes Sanchez, told Efe.
Thousands of people gathered Friday outside the National Assembly building, the seat of the national legislature, in a new peaceful demonstration in this capital.
The protesters chanted, held up banners and played drums to press their demands for a lowering or freezing of fuel prices, a step they see as necessary to bring down the cost of basic food items.
Striking Panamanian teachers demand gov’t action to lower fuel, food prices | World | English edition | Agencia EFEStriking Panamanian teachers demand gov’t action to lower fuel, food prices | World | English edition | Agencia EFE