Popular protests against child abuse in Panama
Panama, Feb 21 (Prensa Latina) Loud cacerolazos (popular protests) were carried out in Panama to protest against child abuses at homes, whose silenced complaints date back years, according to media reports.
For the seventh straight day, hundreds of Panamanians expressed their condemnation from their balconies, windows and portals due to the weekend lockdown to fight the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The call, posted on social networks, also included sit-ins in front of the National Secretariat for Children, Adolescents and the Family since last Monday, which will resume next week according to protesters.
In recent days, the Commission for Children, Women and the Family of the National Assembly uncovered, after a probe, the dramatic situation of children and teenagers who were abused in some of the 54 shelters that operate in the country.
According to an expert who was part of the investigation team as a technician, he found in some of these shelters adolescent, young and elderly women living in the same room, others were chained up and locked up, with no medication.
The 700-page report, submitted this week to the Prosecutor's Office, stated that children of one of the visited homes were fed with dog food, in addition, in general terms, it revealed the 'sufferings, frustrations and fears of minors,' he said.
'Those children who have been victims of the system are going to have repercussions for their entire lives,' warned Ramos, who denounced that psychiatrists and social workers spoke in confidential conditions for fear of reprisals, while at least two were fired after warning of abuses.
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