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Panamanian workers condemn US interference

Panama City, Jun 24 (Prensa Latina) The National Workers Federation of Panama (CNTP) today condemned the interference policy of the United States and the genuflection posture of the governments in offices.

In a communiqué, the largest trade union center stressed that the current administration of Laurentino Cortizo and the previous ones follow the guidelines dictated by the State Department, the US embassy and the Southern Command.

In this sense, the CNTP rejected that in this way the Government yields the sovereignty achieved by the struggle and sacrifice of several generations of Panamanians.

The text points out that the collective will continue to firmly denounce those who sell out the country and will be in the safeguard of national interests and natural resources, and urged to prepare for the struggle in the streets and in the debate of ideas.

On the other hand, he warned about the tendency of the Executive to promote projects that cede labor, environmental and economic rights to transnational companies, disguised with social crumbs, in allusion to a recent contract signed with Minera Panama, a subsidiary of the Canadian company First Quantum.

Regarding this pact, lawyers such as Harley Mitchell consider that it was negotiated without an administrative act by officials who exceeded their functions by facilitating changes to the mining code, but without the power to do so.

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