Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 July 2014

Demonstrators oppose land ventures

A masked police officer stands guard as residents look out from the doorway of their home in downtown Colon, Panama (AP/Arnulfo Franco)

Hundreds of people opposed to Panama selling state-owned land in a duty-free zone on the Panama Canal have marched through the city of Colon a day after a violent protest resulted in a death and several injuries.

No violence has been reported in the Caribbean port city.

Heavily armed police are patrolling in response to a protest that saw people burning tires, barricading streets and throwing things at police.

Officers used tear gas and fired shots in the air to disperse the rioters.

Authorities say a 10-year-old died from a gunshot but the source of the bullet is under investigation.

People in the city object to legislation signed in to law that will let export-import businesses buy land they are now leasing in the duty-free zone.

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