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Indigenous protesters in Panama end blockades in exchange for peace talks

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Members of the Ngobe Bugle tribe in Panama have agreed with the government to end a highway blockade in return for the release of demonstrators detained over the weekend.

Presidency minister Jimmy Papadimitriu says Panama will also compensate the family of an indigenous man who was killed in Sunday's clashes.

The agreement is the beginning of talks with the government over mining projects and dams that members of the tribe refuse to have built on their lands.

Source: Associated Press