Wide spread protests are anticipated starting after midnight tonight, July 13, 2010. La Prensa reports a settlement of the strike in Bocas but with only a temporary suspension of implementation of changes to the labor law inhibiting union dues collection. Other elements are unappeased and plan protests and marches.
All this commotion seems to have sprung up over night although the strikes in Bocas del Toro have been going on for 9 days.
President Martinelli owns a large grocery chain and has no previous government experience. His pro-business and anti-environmental policies have angered many segments of the labor unions and almost all the environmentalists.
He issued a statement this evening stating that his doors are open for dialogue- now that he has opened Pandora’s box.