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1 Killed as Gunmen Fire on Panama Protesters

September 01, 1987|Associated Press

PANAMA CITY — Gunmen fired into a crowd of about 1,000 anti-government demonstrators, killing a man and wounding two others, witnesses said Monday.

The witnesses said the shooting occurred at the end of a three-mile march to the San Miguelito area on the outskirts of the capital.

The National Civic Crusade, a coalition of 192 opposition groups, organized the march to demand the removal of Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega, Panama's military strongman. The coalition accuses Noriega of corruption, election fraud and involvement in political assassinations.

Noriega, chief of the Defense Forces, has denied the charges.

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