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Thousands of Panamanians Protest Corruption and Impunity

Протесты в Панаме
General view of the protests in Panama City, on Jan. 9, 2018. Source: EFE.

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Organizers also called for another protest on Jan. 23 at 12 p.m. outside the Attorney General’s Office.

Thousands of people marched Tuesday to the capital’s main square Cinta Costera and they continued up to the mansion of President Juan Carlos Varela, demanding prison sentences and “civilian death sentence” against corrupted elites.

From 9 a.m. local time, people of all ages and social classes demanded further investigations into the Odebrecht scandal.

They especially asked prosecutor Kenia Porcell to make public the list of the 63 state officials currently being investigated for receiving bribes to allocate contracts to the Brazilian construction company.

Social organizations that participated in the protest included the online platform Claramente, the National Association of Lawyers and the Citizen Movement against Impunity.

In the past decade, Odebrecht has become the largest government contractor in Panama, with contracts totaling upwards of US$500 million, including one for the construction of a subway line in Panama City.

In December 2016, the massive Brazilian construction company agreed to pay a record US$3.5 billion fine after admitting to paying millions in bribes in 12 countries to win government contracts.