April 6, 1988 |
A war of nerves between the United States and Panama took shape Tuesday as newly dispatched American troops landed in the country, and strongman Manuel A. Noriega began training neighborhood militias to defend the capital city. The streets of Panama City grew tense again as Noriega's soldiers moved to divert protesters from holding rallies. For the first time, a demonstration against Gen. Noriega took place in what was formerly the U.S. Canal Zone.
April 29, 1988 |
Opposition leaders in Panama expressed worries Thursday about White House willingness to let Gen. Manuel A. Noriega remain in Panama, even for several weeks, if and when he finally relinquishes power. One said that his continued presence here could block the transition to "true democracy." The softening of U.S.
March 24, 1988 |
An economic squeeze on Panama imposed by the United States and foes of Gen. Manuel A. Noriega has begun to cause severe hardship among the poor in Panama City, overwhelming private relief efforts and stimulating calls for faster action to bring down the military strongman. In squatter neighborhoods of San Miguelito, a township on the capital's northern outskirts, penniless mothers stood in line Wednesday to await handouts of groceries supplied by the Roman Catholic relief agency Caritas.
March 15, 1988 |
The United States has sent modest military reinforcements to Panama to guard against growing unrest. The Pentagon on Monday said a 55-man Marine anti-terrorist unit and a 45-man Air Force security group were sent to Panama to beef up U.S. forces already there. "This is just a prudent measure to augment the security personnel that are currently down there," said Cmdr. Robert Prucha, a Pentagon spokesman.
June 16, 1987 |
The country's banking system, a pillar of Panama's economy, reopened Monday amid dwindling support for a work stoppage to protest the country's military leadership. The decision by the private Banking Assn. was a setback for the National Civic Crusade, an alliance of 35 business, professional and student groups seeking the ouster of military strongman Brig. Gen. Manuel A. Noriega.