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Land transportation carriers begin protest strike in Panama

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Panama's independent road haulage companies began an indefinite national strike on Thursday to denounce that large shipping companies are allegedly trying to monopolize the business of transporting nationalized merchandise within the country.

The carriers, who blocked with their trucks the entrance of ports in Panama City (Pacific) and the Caribbean province of Colon, said they would maintain the measure of force until the Executive of the Panamanian president, Laurentino Cortizo, intervenes and "enforces the law" that protects the sector.

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