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Protests in Panama disrupted a public highway

Panama has reached a deal with its indigenous leaders and the government has signed it in exchange for lower fuel prices. Protesters want more concessions.

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Chiriqui province, where most of Central America’s food is grown, is shown in footage of the agreement signing in a church and a section of the highway being cleared.

Revolts against high prices and corruption in Chiriqui and across Panama have made it difficult to feed the country for the past two weeks.

Although this agreement was reached, large trucks and banner-waving protesters clogged the majority of Panama’s portion of the Panamerican Highway, which links the country of 4.4 million people to the rest of Central America, on Sunday.

In a school in Santiago de Veraguas, 155 miles southwest of Panama City, government and protestor delegations met again.

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Government ombudsman Eduardo Leblanc pleaded with all parties to come to an agreement and “above all clear the roads” during the talks.

While the price of gasoline was lowered on Saturday, protesters are still demanding reductions in the cost of some 40 consumer goods and medicines.

Juan Morales, a protesting farmer in Capira, near Panama City, said, “We are continuing the fight.”

An annual rate of 4.2 percent in Panama was recorded in May, along with unemployment of about 10 percent and a 50-percent increase in the price of gasoline since January.

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Even though the country’s economy is based on the dollar, it has a high level of social inequality.

There is a lack of fuel in some areas of the country, and food stalls at the capital’s markets have run out of supplies.

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