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Martinelli gives way to end bloodshed over strike

Monday, July 12, 2010


Striking banana workers reached an agreement with the government to end their 10-day strike in western Panama, which had left two people dead and 120 others injured.
 
Under the deal, the government agreed to postpone the enforcement of the so-called "law chorizo," or Law No. 30, which includes restrictions on the right to strike and of workers to join trade unions.
 
On Thursday, what had been peaceful protests turned violent for three days. In addition to those killed and injured, at least 115 people had been arrested. The government has promised to release all of them.
 
Original source: Xinhua