The anti-mining demonstrations that have erupted around Panama over the past two weeks turned fatal on Tuesday, authorities say, after a man is said to have shot and murdered two protestors. An elderly man who appeared disheveled and frustrated with the protestors’ attempts to force them to remove a barrier blocking the Pan American highway about 50 miles south of the capital was shown in a chilling video that bystanders on X, formerly known as Twitter, posted. He then pulled out a pistol and opened fire. Later, the accused shooter was alleged to have been taken into custody by Panama’s National Police on the scene. Since Panamanians flocked the streets in significant numbers to protest against, the unique scene of violence has served as the most recent focal point for some of the greatest riots to rock the Central American nation.
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