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Two Teachers Killed in Landslide in the Ngäbe Buglé Comarca; Comarca Teachers and Students Protest and Some Arrested

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Keith Woolford    308

SINAPROC has sent air and land rescue teams to the comarca Ngobe Buglé where two people are trapped in a vehicle which was caught in a landslide at Kankintu, near Cerro Santiago.

 

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Keith Woolford    308

A SINAPROC team has reached the site of the truck and will begin to extract the bodies of the folks, teachers who were traveling to their school in this remote area on Sunday June 18th. Unfortunately, for some reason, they were not reported missing until Wednesday.

 

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Landslide kills two teachers

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TWO TEACHERS  traveling to a remote school in the Ngäbe Buglé region  were killed by a landslide that sent their vehicle plummeting  500 feet down a cliff on Sunday, June 18.

Multiple  specialized units of the The Joint Task Force were called in to locate their vehicle and recover the bodies.

Thomas Camargo, 30 and Marta Sanjur 31 were  in a very remote area, heading for the Suiche school of zone #7 in the ÑoKribo, District Ngäbe Bugle.

In a statement, the Ministry of Education (Meduca), lamented the death of teachers and said it is working with the families of the educators to offer them the help that is required.

 

http://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/landslide-kills-two-teachers

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Protesting teachers and students arrested

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FOUR TEACHERS and students protesting road  and school conditions in the  Ngäbe Buglé comarca were arrested by riot police in  Horconcitos de San Lorenzo, after  they  blocked a highway on Wednesday, July 19.

The protestors including parents, students and teachers were calling  for improvements to  schools, roads and bridges to prevent further accidents and deaths of teachers and students in areas of difficult  access following the recent road deaths of two teachers.

For more than 24 days 500 teachers working in 40 educational centers in the region Ngäbe Buglé  region have been  on indefinite strike.

The teachers’  leader Yadira Pino said that while they were demonstrating riot police  began to repress and beat participants.

The teachers shouted slogans like “¡ring! Ring Ring! Wake up Varelathis fight belongs to everyone”

Deibis Navarro, the teachers’ spokesman said that they closed the Inter-America road because the government had failed to comply with the safety certification, on roads in the region where teachers daily put their lives in danger.

The riot police managed to open the road that remained closed for more than two hours, and the protestors were moved to the side.

Teachers, parents and students are kept on the side of the

Another group gathering in San Felix were  pepper sprayed to stop them  from closing the highway.

 

http://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/protesting-teachers-students-arrested

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Brundageba    328

Monday July 10 we were stuck inside the truck 6 1/2 hours just about 1/2 km from the intersection at Horconcitos.  By the time the riot police arrived all fours lanes facing east had advanced forward ( the two active lanes as well the ones closed and under construction).     Traffic behind us was as far as the eye can see.  We were told that was the case as well on the other side of the protest facing west.  Total impasse.  On our return back yesterday 7/20 there were at least 20 or more riot police in full gear at the intersection.  From the looks of the debris on and beside the road, problems there must be on-going.  If that's what it takes that safe roads be made for teachers to drive to remote interior posts, then so be it.  Two teachers had the road disappear and were hurled down a steep hillside to be buried under rocks and mud inside there truck where they died.  Being a teacher here in Panama does not guarantee an easy assignment.  I'm glad to see this protest even though we were inconvenienced 6 hours because of it.

Alison

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Brundageba    328

Here's an observation.  When we were stuck 6.5 hours in one place on the highway with the protest, it took about an hour or so and the street came alive as far as the eye could see.  Folks were chatting, sharing food and helping one another.   The kids from town were selling sodas, water and snacks from the grocery store.   The predominant opinion among those inconvenienced was:  " I know this makes Panama look bad to others, but these poor people deserve better and this is the only way they feel they can get anything done".  What we didn't see was raised fists and an attitude of entitlement among the drivers.  Oh sure, as you can imagine some were pretty upset...but generally folks just dealt with it .  We had a whole mini bus full of old folks from a nursing home behind us .  I took Flossy our dog inside to visit them and provide a pleasant break.  Others assisted some of the old people to places where they could urinate and brought them food. 

The People of Panama are special.  This is just one example of why we are glad we chose to live with them here.

ALISON

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Bud    119
1 hour ago, Brundageba said:

Here's an observation.  When we were stuck 6.5 hours in one place on the highway with the protest, it took about an hour or so and the street came alive as far as the eye could see.  Folks were chatting, sharing food and helping one another.   The kids from town were selling sodas, water and snacks from the grocery store.   The predominant opinion among those inconvenienced was:  " I know this makes Panama look bad to others, but these poor people deserve better and this is the only way they feel they can get anything done".  What we didn't see was raised fists and an attitude of entitlement among the drivers.  Oh sure, as you can imagine some were pretty upset...but generally folks just dealt with it .  We had a whole mini bus full of old folks from a nursing home behind us .  I took Flossy our dog inside to visit them and provide a pleasant break.  Others assisted some of the old people to places where they could urinate and brought them food. 

The People of Panama are special.  This is just one example of why we are glad we chose to live with them here.

ALISON

Marcelyn and I had a similar experience many years ago when we were stopped on the InterAmerican Hwy while returning from PC to Boquete. We were there (meaning fairly close to and on the western side of Santiago) for about 3+ hours. Not a thing we or the others could do except to wait for the authorities to deal with it. I wouldn't call it a big highway party, but people did get out of their vehicles, walk around, talk, and food and water started showing up from the locals. Also, the absence of violence or raised fists, etc. Nice to see that people can still act with civility in times of stress.

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Brundageba    328

When Bill and I were choosing a place to retire, it wasn't anything I read from international Living but a travel article written about the Panamanians who live on the Azuero Penninsula.  I don't remember exactly (as it's been awhile) but their good nature , hospitality and kindness I recall being a central theme of the article.  I remember showing the article to my husband and saying: "We need to go and live with these people".  Well...time passed and I eventually came down myself ( Bill stayed home, working) .  When I returned to the USA my report to my husband was...what I experienced of the folks who live in Panama was exactly as described in the article !

It's 10 years now since we moved here and we both can testify that nothing has changed with regard to our impression of the citizen of this country.  It has nothing to do with me Two Sailors, it's what I describe as an extra kindness gene that Panamanians seem to have naturally. 

ALISON

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TwoSailors    88
5 hours ago, Brundageba said:

 It has nothing to do with me Two Sailors, it's what I describe as an extra kindness gene that Panamanians seem to have naturally. 

ALISON

 

I agree with you totally. I meant your attitude is positive considering how long the protest was going on. You took it for its merits. We know some others would have been all bent out of shape over it.

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Panama teachers clash with police in Chiriqui

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REPRESENTATIVES  of teachers organizations from Panama City and across the country clashed with riot police in Chiriqui on Monday, August 7.

The confrontation  took place on the Inter-American Highway, near the San Felix junction.  They were there to support teachers in the region who are on strike calling for better working conditions in areas  of difficult access.

Two teachers were killed recently while driving to school in a remote area with bad roads.

Eddy Pinto, secretary  general  of the  Association of San Miguelito 2000, said that they went to give support and to ask the State to provide better working conditions

“I refer specifically to better classrooms, roads, job security so that educators can guarantee the classes to their students.” he said.

Pinto called for the Minister of Education Marcela Paredes and President  Juan Carlos Varela, to “attack this situation” and give a solution to the educators  in places of difficult access.”The National Union of Educators of Panama (UNEP) will remain on alert until the Government makes a visit to the area because there is a list of requests for teachers with difficult working conditions. Otherwise, we will take other actions” said Pinto.

 

http://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/panama-teachers-clash-police-chiriqui

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Keith Woolford    308

Protests continue on the PanAmerican highway in the areas of San Felix and San Lorenzo .

Some violence has erupted as National Police attempt to keep the roadway clear.

 

 

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