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PRD shouts Endara down, vows similar election day performance

by Eric Jackson, partly from other media

In the weeks and days running up to September 15, campaign committees for the “yes” and “no” sides in the October 22 referendum made their way to the Electoral Tribunal to register, often accompanied by bands, and as part of the process their leaders would give press conferences or speeches explaining their positions. And so former President Guillermo Endara and his Vanguardia Moral de la Patria group had announced his intention to do the same on September 14.

However, when Endara’s group approached the tribunal’s headquarters near Parque Porras, it was met by a group calling itself “Tocumen por el Si,” whose legal representative is one Luis Bárcenas and whose most prominent leader is the PRD representante for Tocumen, Ernesto Tuñón.

A woman from the PRD group began some fisticuffs with one of the women in  Endara’s group, and when the former president tried to speak with reporters a person posing as a reporter began shouting “questions” about why Endara was opposing the Torrijos – Alemán Plan and continued so that legitimate reporters couldn’t talk.

Endara called for calm, and tried to explain his group’s position but then the PRD group’s band started playing loud music and its members shoved to block photojournalists from taking pictures of the former president and Vanguardia Moral. The confrontation escalated into a fistfight when one of the women in the PRD group slugged one of the women with Vanguardia Moral.

The previous day The Panama News had received an email from Endara, warning that he had been informed that there would be an attempt to disrupt Vanguardia Moral’s activities, and this was confirmed in La Estrella by the PRD gang’s legal representative Luis Bárcenas, who told the daily that the confrontation with Endara’s group was not a coincidence and vowed that “this is just a sample of what’s going to happen on October 22.”

And of course, there is a long history of thuggish PRD behavior aimed at intimidating voters or those who protest against election thefts. Endara well knows --- back in 1989 he was put in the hospital from a beating inflicted by the Dignity Battalions which were led by the current Minister of Public Works, Benjamín Colamarco.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ACP disavows its consultants' studies, nixes independent environmental review
PRD group keeps Endara from speaking

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