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Fuel Price Freeze Fails to Halt Panama Anti-Inflation Protests

  • Demonstrators have blocked major highways and access to ports
  • Construction workers to join anti-government protest Wednesday
A group of demonstrators take over a police car during a protest over the high cost of food and gasoline in Panama City, on July 11.
A group of demonstrators take over a police car during a protest over the high cost of food and gasoline in Panama City, on July 11.Photographer: Rogelio Figueroa/AFP/Getty Images

Nationwide anti-government protests in Panama that have blocked highways and ports will continue into Wednesday even after the government agreed to freeze the price of gasoline and some basic goods. 

Teacher associations and community activists who began marching last month against rising prices said talks with the administration of President Laurentino Cortizo had broken down and staged more demonstrations Tuesday. The nation’s main construction workers’ union said it will go on a 24-hour strike Wednesday while Panama Canal unions, who are prohibited from striking by law, expressed support for protesters.