New protest over Panama land law, but no violence

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Associated Press

Posted on October 20, 2012 at 9:04 PM

Updated Sunday, Oct 21 at 7:02 AM

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Hundreds of people opposed to Panama selling state-owned land in a duty-free zone on the Panama Canal have marched through the city of Colon a day after a violent protest resulted in a death and several injuries.

No violence has been reported Saturday in the Caribbean port city.

Heavily armed police are patrolling in response to a protest Friday that saw people burning tires, barricading streets and throwing things at police. Officers used tear gas and fired shots in the air to disperse the rioters.

Authorities say a 10-year-old died from a gunshot but the source of the bullet is under investigation.

People in the city object to legislation signed in to law Friday that will let export-import businesses buy land they are now leasing in the duty-free zone.

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