Police and Protesters Clash as Unrest Spreads in Panama

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Police and protesters clashed in a Panamanian town as roadblocks continued in the Central American country, following more than two weeks of demonstrations over high fuel prices and rising living costs. Across the Central American nation, protesters blocked roads and prevented trucks from delivering food, a pressure tactic that has been used increasingly since protests broke out two weeks ago as inflation accelerated to 5.2% in the year through June. Protesters are also demanding that the government curb public spending, apart from new investments in health and education, and bring a halt to corruption. The blockades are now leading to shortages, particularly of agricultural products, in the capital, Panama City. (AFP/Reuters) » Subscribe to VOA News: https://bit.ly/3KIPysi » Watch more VOA News video: https://www.youtube.com/c/VOANews Voice of America (VOA) is the largest U.S. international broadcaster, providing news and information in more than 40 languages to an estimated weekly audience of 236.8 million people. VOA produces content for digital, television, and radio platforms. It is easily accessed via your mobile phone and on social media. It is also distributed by satellite, cable, FM and MW, and is carried on a network of approximately 3,000 affiliate stations. Since its creation in 1942, Voice of America has been committed to providing comprehensive coverage of the news and telling audiences the truth. Through World War II, the Cold War, the fight against global terrorism, and the struggle for freedom around the globe today, VOA exemplifies the principles of a free press. Connect with VOA News: » VISIT OUR WEBSITE: https://www.voanews.com/ » LIKE OUR FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/voanews » FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/voanews/ » FOLLOW US ON TWITTER: https://twitter.com/VOANews
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