Up to 4,000 Panamanians are believed to have perished.. in the raid
A draft bill, to raise national awareness of the US invasion of Panama on December 20, 1989 has been published by the National Assembly Health and Social Development committee
The initiative declares that on December 20 each year, starting in, 2020, National Mourning Day
Day, the national flag will fly at half-mast throughout the national territory.
During the day the transmission and projection of strident music will be prohibited in all radio and television media, state and private; the sale, consumption, and sale of alcoholic beverages throughout the national territory, from 12:01, am on December 20 until 12:01 am on December 21, as well as the celebration of public musical shows. Violaters be fined $500 to $5,000, by the municipal authorities.
The preliminary draft also contemplates that the Statistics and Census Directorate of the Comptroller General within the framework of the 2020 census, must raise the statistics of how many Panamanians perished as a result of the invasion
The anniversary of the annihilation of a brutal military dictatorship should be celebrated. Its unfortunate that some innocents died in the fog of war but if the dictatorship had not been eliminated it would have been in position to received the Panama Canal on Dec. 31, 1999. The reason for the controversy regarding the amount of people killed is that the Norieguistas and anti-American factions cannot come up with an accounting of the dead which supports their accusations. The figure is more likely around 500 and not in the thousands.
It is no more mandatory than Day of the Dead or independence days.
Without the Dictator, and the handing over of the canal I believe Panama is in a healthy environment. However; “mandatory mourning” is a step back and not forward, since people look at the historical context in different ways mentally and emotionally. Panama is wrong in part to implement the initiative, let people be who they are to address it in there own way and not push it down our throats... We have bigger problems with our elected officials and should focus more in this direction.
Panama is my country of choice. Really hoping this gets straightened out.
It's Panama. The Cubans successfully repelled the invasion of their country.
Mandatory "mourning" when we say or we'll fine the hell out of you. Is this Panama or Cuba?