Before I go into a long rant posting the video, newspaper stories, and social media links about the situation in the nation of Panama, I must disclose a personal interest. I have not only family but friends who have retired (near David) and some of whom still work there. Generally speaking, despite the US inspired corruption of the government, it has been a peaceful nation which has been a decent place for expatriates and retirees to relocate.The information I have received is that a lot of the riots and protests are attributable to leftist or pro-Marxist organizations but now has spread throughout the general population due to the government corruption and lack of management regarding the inflationary problems beleaguering the economy.
In other words, they are just copying the USA model on a smaller, more violent scale.
God help them all.
Video and story highlights from the past week to follow.
PANAMA: Mass demonstrations underway as citizens rise up against the government over high inflation which increased the cost of food, fuel, and basic services.— Katie Daviscourt🇺🇸 (@KatieDaviscourt) July 17, 2022
Panama is on the verge of collapsing.pic.twitter.com/EHS0kyJPlH
Needless to say after the July 17th protests, the intelligent Panamanians stocked up on fresh food:
Needless to say, peaceful negotiations with the government failed that day:
Chiriquí, Panama. 🇵🇦 Government presented a written agreement to the people. It was unsigned. Things escalating. All roads will be blocked effective 7/18/22 pic.twitter.com/ehHvSqBLj1— ApotheCarolRN (@KissMyCarol) July 18, 2022
Of course the violence only worsened:
#BreakingNews : Protesters clashed with police officers in #Panama on Tuesday as demonstrations over surging fuel prices continued.#PanamaProtest #PanamaProtesta #PanamáProtesta pic.twitter.com/i4pxsfeS95— ज़ाहिद अब्बास ZAHID ABBAS زاہد عباس 🇮🇳 (@abbaszahid24) July 20, 2022
Le #Panama s'embrasse après 16 jours de grève générale contre la vie chère et la corruption. Des manifestants ont dérobé une voiture de police à Santiago de Veraguas avant de l'incendier #inflation pic.twitter.com/jxId83E7lt— Anonyme Citoyen (@AnonymeCitoyen) July 20, 2022
Of course the US Navy is on station with a missile cruiser and destroyer or frigate (hard to tell from the video) to monitor the riots and prepare to keep the Panama Canal open:
Two American patrol ships docked for several days in the Channel of the Panama Canal. You better believe Washington has eyes on the protests/riots in Panama.— JLR II (@ii_jlr) July 20, 2022
The consequences of the riots, highway blockades, and protests is of course hitting the lower and middle class where it hurts:
Gasoline shortage via rolling🇵🇦Panamá protests— James Anderson (@jameshenryand) July 22, 2022
Clip from early this week in Alto, Boquete
No more gasoline for now
Big part of local economy revolves around farming, think of a 20-mile circle w/ sprawling farms then all the other goods services required to function efficiently https://t.co/vUvD2BIinA pic.twitter.com/qS1vkFVmuj
Needless to say the local newspapers and other stories from the region display great disorder and the potential collapse of this nation’s economy and government systems designed to maintain dome degree of order.
All translations via Google Translate for these stories and headlines.
What the world is witnessing, one small nation at a time for now, is the total disintegration of the existing order.
Almost as if there will be louder calls, nay, demands for a ‘great reset’ where equality of economic opportunity is spread out from a central authority.
America is the last name on the list to be forced to conform.