Just had a chat with friends in Bocas Del Toro, Panama
, to be told there is rioting in the streets of the province, mass arrests and and the army sent in to quell the unrest of Banana workers.
Here is the info that I can find so far- Banana workers continue strike in Panama, 4 policemen kept hostages | NewsyStocks.com
Was told by my friend that this has been going on for 8 days and the airport
to the region is closed as are many of the roads in and out of the area.
Tourist in the area are not able to leave and are being sent to the main island of Bocas del Toro as this is the safest place at the present.
From what I was told of first hand experience the reports in the press are down playing the severity of the situation and the reaction from the workers and their union to the government
This comes as a shock to me as when we where in Panama
last year the government
of Martinelli was voted in on hugely popular manifesto of anti-corruption and fairplay for the masses.
If anyone has more info please post, this info I have was current
6 hours ago, 2 am Panama local time.