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Yearbook 2010

Panama. According to COUNTRYAAH, the political opposition to President Ricardo Martinelli intensified during the year. Among other things, the country's trade union central organization Frenadeso protested in March against the government's planned restructuring of tax policy and mobilized tens of thousands of protesters. After clashes with police, 200 people were arrested. At the same time, Martinelli was accused of increasingly autocratic practices, for example, by passing on the statutory rights of Indians in the country's five autonomous regions, comarcas, with the aim of facilitating the exploration of copper deposits.

2010 Panama

In June, for the first time, the Panama government acknowledged that the Colombian guerrilla group FARC (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia) operates in Panama. President Martinelli's approach to the US was seen in the light of this, for example through a bilateral security agreement concluded in June and the military exercise PANAMAX in August that simulated an attack by a left-wing guerrilla group against the Panama Canal.

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