CENTRAL AMERICA UPDATE September 22, 1989 Copyright 1989 Latin America Data Base, Latin Am

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CENTRAL AMERICA UPDATE September 22, 1989 Copyright 1989 Latin America Data Base, Latin American Institute, University of New Mexico. Project Director: Dr. Nelson Valdes. Managing Editor: Dr. Barbara A. Kohl --------------------- Source: UNITEX Echo PANAMA: ADOC'S LEADER GUILLERMO ENDARA ON HUNGER STRIKE TO CALL ATTENTION TO OPPOSITION CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE CAMPAIGN On Sept. 20, former presidential candidate of the Civil Democratic Opposition Alliance (ADOC) Guillermo Endara commenced a hunger strike to call attention to the opposition's civil disobedience campaign against the provisional government. "I declare myself on an indefinite hunger strike until the `Not One Cent More for the Government' campaign is recognized and supported by the Panamanian people," he said. Endara was referring to a campaign launched last month by ADOC exhorting Panamanians to delay utility, tax and other payments to the government. The opposition effort has been largely ignored. At ADOC headquarters, Endara said, "I will follow all that is applicable from the rules written by Mahatma Gandhi for his hunger strike of November 1925." On the same day, ADOC leaders and former vice presidential candidates Guillermo Ford and Ricardo Arias Calderon, began a diplomatic initiative to seek support for their demand that Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega resign as commander-in-chief of the Panamanian Defense Forces, and as Panama's de facto ruler. They are to tour Jamaica, Britain, Italy, Spain, West Germany, Belgium, France, Canada and the US. In Washington, the Organization of American States (OAS) voted to include the Panamanian political crisis for discussion during its General Assembly scheduled to begin in mid-November. On Sept. 21, the Panamanian government warned it would prosecute anyone who attempts to disrupt public order. (Basic data from AFP, 09/20/89, 09/21/89; Xinhua, 09/20/89) CENTRAL AMERICA UPDATE September 22, 1989 Copyright 1989 Latin America Data Base, Latin American Institute, University of New Mexico. Project Director: Dr. Nelson Valdes. Managing Editor: Dr. Barbara A. Kohl --------------------- Source: UNITEX Echo BAHAMAS SUSPENDS DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS WITH PANAMA On Sept. 16, a press communique from the Foreign Ministry of the Bahamas said that all official contact with the Panamanian government has been suspended. "The Bahamas government maintains no diplomatic relations with Panama and in view of the new developments now obtaining in that country, the Bahamas suspends all official contact with Panama." (Basic data from Xinhua, 09/16/89) CENTRAL AMERICA UPDATE September 22, 1989 Copyright 1989 Latin America Data Base, Latin American Institute, University of New Mexico. Project Director: Dr. Nelson Valdes. Managing Editor: Dr. Barbara A. Kohl --------------------- Source: UNITEX Echo PANAMA: OPPOSITION NEWSPAPER PUBLISHER ARRESTED On Sept. 15, owner-publisher of El Siglo, Jaime Padilla Beliz, was arrested by about 15 armed plainclothesmen, said Venus Cardenas, one of Padilla's lawyers. El Siglo, critical of Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega, was closed down by the government in July 1987 on charges of undermining the physical and economic security of the state. Padilla was taken away from the offices of the Padilla y Asociados law firm. He is a senior partner in the firm. (Basic data from AP, 09/15/89) CENTRAL AMERICA UPDATE September 22, 1989 Copyright 1989 Latin America Data Base, Latin American Institute, University of New Mexico. Project Director: Dr. Nelson Valdes. Managing Editor: Dr. Barbara A. Kohl --------------------- Source: UNITEX Echo PANAMA: REPORT ON RAPE BY U.S. SOLDIERS In its Sept. 18 issue, El Matutino reported that three US soldiers identified as Kristian Johnson, James Stratzinger and Juan Ocasio, Jr., had been arrested for allegedly raping two women in Panama City. THe three, said the newspaper, "were found drugged and in a complete state of intoxication" Sept. 17 after they allegedly raped the women and "threw" them from a moving car. In a telephone interview with the AFP, an unidentified US Southern Command spokesperson said he was unaware of the report, and declined comment. (Basic data from AFP, 09/18/89) CENTRAL AMERICA UPDATE September 22, 1989 Copyright 1989 Latin America Data Base, Latin American Institute, University of New Mexico. Project Director: Dr. Nelson Valdes. Managing Editor: Dr. Barbara A. Kohl --------------------- Source: UNITEX Echo PANAMA: U.S. ARMY OFFICER DIES IN FALL FROM BUILDING On Sept. 19, US Lt.Col. Lee Jalesowski died in a fall from the third story of a building at Fort Clayton, 17 km. northeast of Panama City. US Southern Command officials reported the incident on Sept. 20, but gave no details. Pro-government newspaper Critica reported that Jalesowski was a member of a US Army intelligence unit, and that he was thrown to his death. The Southern Command denied the report that the officer was murdered. (Basic data from AFP, 09/21/89)

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