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    A hydropower station's gate in Latvia, DR Congo. | Photo: Reuters

Published 27 February 2019

A spokesperson for those protesting peacefully said that projects like these threaten the environment.

Protests resumed against hydroelectric projects in the Panamanian districts of Santa Fe and San Francisco Sunday.

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Leopoldo Mojica, of the ecological network of Veraguas (RESAVE), said they are defending the environment and the most important water resource in the country, such as the Santa María River, which are threatened by the hydroelectric projects.

A spokesperson for the group protesting said they will not wait for infrastructure works to take place before taking to the streets. However, he said small demonstrations like the one Sunday show to companies and the government that they will not will be allowed to use the tributaries for hydroelectric plants without a fight.

For more than 20 years, communities have been struggling to prevent projects like this from being implemented. Until recently, hydroelectric projects had only been in management and consultations.

The protest was carried out peacefully and there were no clashes with the authorities, El Siglo reported.

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