Mobs marched on the U.S. Embassy in Panama City. Nov 3, tore down the flag?
LV Demonstrators march through street.
SV Fireman running hoses out.
LV Demonstrators stone Embassy.
SV Soldier throws stones at demonstrators.
LV Hose played on demonstrators.
SV PAN..Van along road.
LV Demonstrator runs from tear gas.
LV Troops chase demonstrators and fire tear gas at them.
TV Troops chase demonstrators.
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Background: Mobs marched on the U.S. Embassy in Panama City. Nov 3, tore down the flag of the United States and shouted protests against U.S. control of the canal. They stoned the Embassy and the U.S. Information Service office until U.S. army troops and Panamanian national guardsmen countered with tear gas and fire hoses. Dozens were injured during the day - Panama's National Day.
The rioters were part of a demonstration reaffirming Panama's sovereignty over the canal zone. The U.S. leased it from Panama in perpetuity in 1903. The violence was the worst anti-American out-burst in the country in 30 years. For more than five hours canal zone police tried to keep the demonstrators in check. U.S. soldiers, bayonets fixed to their rifles, finally broke up the mob.
United States citizens in the Panama Canal Zone were told to stay inside U.S. territory following the violence. And heavily armed United States Army troops guarded the borders of the zone.