Spanish Journalist Moved To Immigration Holding Cells

Spanish Journalist Moved To Immigration Holding Cells

Sunday, February 27 2011 @ 04:50 PM EST
Contributed by: Don Winner
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The Spanish journalist Paco Gómez Nadal, who was arrested yesterday in Panama along with 15 others when they organized in the Plaza 5 de Mayo to express their rejection of amendments to the Code of Mineral Resources, was transferred this afternoon to the National Immigration Service (SNM). Gómez Nadal, an activist of the organization Human Rights Everywhere, spent the night in the Department of Judicial Investigation (DIJ) of the National Police. This morning he was taken to the offices of the local Justice of the Peace in Ancon, and this afternoon, he was moved into the holding cells in Immigration. In this case, the President said last night the journalist, who is also a columnist for La Prensa, was arrested for “inciting violence.” In addition, he threatened to expel him from the country, because foreigners are prohibited from participating in political activities and protests. (See Comments) A press release from the Presidency quoted Article 71 of Decree Law 3 of 2008, which says that the National Immigration Service may expel any foreigner “for advocacy of crime or inciting racial, religious, cultural, or political hatred” or being “a threat to the collective security, safety or public order.” This afternoon, Gomez Nadal was given back the video camera he used yesterday to record the retention of indigenous people who sought to demonstrate in the capital. However, the journalist said all of the recordings of those events had been erased. (La Prensa)
Editor’s Comment: Well, that’s clear enough. If you’re a foreigner you are risking deportation if you participate in a demonstration, any demonstration, in Panama. I expect the government of Panama will make a statement by deporting this guy, journalist or not, because he is also (apparently) an activist and an organizer. If you just want to live here in peace, my advice would be to let the Panamanians sort out things like mining. Of course you have a right to your opinion but it’s a whole different bag of nuts when you’re out there organizing demonstrations. Whatever. Make your choices, live with the consequences, move on..

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