October 4, 1989 |
In an 18th-floor mid-Manhattan hotel room, Guillermo (Billy) Ford, the opposition vice president-elect of Panama, sat on a white cloth couch, chain-smoking and placing calls home Tuesday to members of his political party. He was anxiously trying to find out if the military coup against Gen. Manuel A. Noriega had succeeded. "We've been fighting this system for the last 21 years, and this monster for the last two years," Ford said, his tie loosened, uneaten food from room service on a nearby cart.
October 3, 1989
Panamanian opposition leader Ricardo Arias Calderon and eight companions were freed in the provincial capital of Santiago after being jailed for 20 hours. They were arrested Sunday on charges of urging citizens not to pay taxes as part of the effort to topple strongman Manuel A. Noriega. The nation's attorney general said the nine still face charges of "crimes against the state . . . and the national economy."
October 2, 1989 |
Opposition leader Ricardo Arias Calderon, a former opposition candidate for vice president, and eight supporters were reportedly arrested Sunday by the Panamanian police. The Civic Democratic Opposition Alliance said the nine members of the Christian Democratic Party were arrested as they toured the countryside campaigning for the ouster of Gen. Manuel A. Noriega, the country's military strongman.
August 11, 1989 |
About 3,000 opposition supporters, chanting slogans against Panama's strongman, Gen. Manuel A. Noriega, marched through the streets of Panama City on Thursday to commemorate the death of a political leader. It was the first opposition march here since shortly after general elections were annulled in May amid allegations of vote-rigging by supporters of Noriega, the country's army chief and de facto ruler.
May 28, 1988 |
Panama's deposed president, Eric A. Delvalle, chided the Reagan Administration on Friday for its tactics in trying to remove Gen. Manuel A. Noriega from power and said that next time Washington should listen to Panama's civilian opposition and not go it alone. "From the beginning," Delvalle told reporters, "I maintained that a mistake was being committed in the negotiations with Gen.
May 8, 1988
A Panamanian dissident said he was forced to board a plane to Miami after being arrested and beaten. Ivan Romero, secretary general of the Christian Democratic Party, was detained in Panama after visiting the United States, said Perry Rivkind, local director of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. "They apparently interpreted something he said in New York as unflattering to Gen. (Manuel A. ) Noriega," Rivkind said.