They demand decent housing and land ownership in Panama

Members of Coordinator Victoriano Lorenzo (CVL) – the pseudonym of the peasant and indigenous leader of the independence struggles – show themselves on hunger strike and other pressure measures before the Presidency of the Republic, also to denounce the abuse and eviction on their lands. communities.

According to a CVL spokesperson, Anayansi Andrade, the executive branch is constantly violating the provisions of the Constitution, in particular Article 117 related to the creation of public policies to ensure a decent home, especially for low-income groups of the population.

Instead of endorsing this standard, he said, the Ministry of Housing and Regional Planning (Miviot) still kept arms crossed ahead of official statistics that more than 350,000 families had no property of their own, although independent records indicate that they add more up to more. of a million.

Andrade said that since there were no responses from Miviot, the CVL League called on its bases to protest in the streets, to also defend what is stipulated in the Family Code that the executive branch is required to confront the housing deficit and not allow the most vulnerable people to fall into it. Predatory hands of real estate developers.

He explained that the hunger strike will be indefinite until the President of the Republic, Laurentino Cortizo, responds to our demands.

To date, there are more than 400 informal communities distributed across the country in Panama, CVL noted in a statement.

The popular organization also called for a greater focus on Monday of next week to demonstrate along the coastal strip of Panama City until reaching the Palacio de las Garzas (the seat of government) to demand their rights, including the legalization of land. In and denouncing the evictions carried out by the National Police by force.

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He revealed that despite numerous agreements at the negotiating tables, they had already proceeded to demolish inhabited homes in local communities in the provinces of Panama Oeste and Panama Este, among other areas.

He added that the administration’s negative attitude is accompanied by excuses and sarcasm every time its officials provide different explanations and justifications in these talks.

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