• Short Summary

    TWO PEOPLE WERE KILLED AND 12 OTHERS INJURED IN PANAMA CITY WHEN SUPPORTERS OF THE TWO MAJOR POLITICAL PARTIES CLASHED IN A DISPUTE OVER THE RESULT OF SUNDAY'S GENERAL ELECTION.

  • Description

    TWO PEOPLE WERE KILLED AND 12 OTHERS INJURED IN PANAMA CITY WHEN SUPPORTERS OF THE TWO MAJOR POLITICAL PARTIES CLASHED IN A DISPUTE OVER THE RESULT OF SUNDAY'S GENERAL ELECTION.

    THE VIOLENCE ERUPTED ON MONDAY (MAY 13) WHEN SUPPORTERS OF ONE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, DAVID SUMUDIO, ATTACKED THE RADIO STATION OF ARNULFO ARIAS, THE OPPOSITION CANDIDATE.

    ARIAS, WHO'S TWICE BEEN PRESIDENT OF PANAMA, CLAIMS HE WON THE ELECTION. SUMUDIO SAYS HE WON. BUT NO ONE WILL KNOW UNTIL AN OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT IS MADE.

    AFTER THE ATTACK ON THE RADIO STATION ARIAS SUPPORTERS WENT TO THE HEADQUARTERS OF A PRO-GOVERNMENT CONGRESSMAN. THE MOB WAS DRIVEN OFF BY NATIONAL GUARDSMEN FIRING INTO THE AIR. THEN THE SUPPORTERS ASSAULTED THE HOUSE AGAIN, DRAGGING OUT AND BEATING UP TWO PEOPLE.

    ANOTHER CROWD GATHERED OUTSIDE SUMUDIO'S HEADQUARTERS BURNED A CAMPAIGN TRUCK AND BEGAN THROWING ROCKS AND FIRE BOMBS INTO THE BUILDING. SAMUDIO'S FOLLOWERS RETALIATED BY FIRING ON THE DEMONSTRATORS, HITTING SEVERAL.

    THEN TROOPS MOVED IN, CHASING DEMONSTRATORS FROM BOTH FACTIONS. THE MOB BROKE UP INTO SMALL GROUPS, RACING THROUGH THE CITY BREAKING WINDOWS, OVERTURNING CARS, SETTING FIRE TO BUSES, AND TRUCKS.

    ARNULFO ARIAS BASED HIS VICTORY ON VOTING FIGURES RELEASED FROM PANAMA PROVINCE - THE MOSE HEAVILY POPULATED IN THE COUNTRY AND REGARDED AS THE KEY TO THE ELECTION. BUT THESE WERE WATER RESERVED IN FAVOUR AS SAMUDIO.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6HHPHSBCEPI8C167D4NHNECSA
    Media URN:
    VLVA6HHPHSBCEPI8C167D4NHNECSA
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/05/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:42:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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