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Thousands of indigenous Panamanians reject mining reforms

Guardian: Demonstrations are spreading across Panama demanding an end to plans to reform mining laws in order to attract foreign investors. Thousands of indigenous people this month blocked the Pan-American highway at San Félix, 400km west of Panama City. Some had walked for several days from villages in the indigenous Ngöbe-Buglé region, which has large copper reserves. Brandishing signs condemning open-cast mining, they were joined by environmental campaigners. "This is a peaceful demonstration against...