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A lawmaker's homophobic comments angered the population which was already dissatisfied with President Laurentino Cortizo.
At least 46 citizens and 6 minors were arrested in Panama City on Wednesday as a result of protests against constitutional reforms, which would see Congress able to change the national budget and oversee investigations of judges and prosecutors.
Although citizens have been demonstrating since last week, Wednesday's protests were the most intense so far.
As a result of homophobic statements made by lawmaker Jairo Salazar, who prevented LGTBI activists from entering parliament on Tuesday, Panamanians were outraged and stormed the headquarters of the ruling Revolutionary Democratic Party (PRD).
Panama City's protests lasted until dawn despite the fact that the police tried to halt actions carried out by the citizens, who denounced that the National Police (PN) had used "heavy caliber weapons."
The PN director Alexis Muñoz denied that his officers used such weapons; however, he admitted that "the necessary force was used to repress these people."
#Panamá ���� | Manifestantes se presentaron de forma pacífica ante la @asambleapa para protestar en contra de las Reformas Constitucionales. Ante estas protestas cientos de personas incluidos estudiantes denuncian violación de sus derechos. pic.twitter.com/Dg0D7CwuhH