Victimization of striking Banana and Associated Industries Workers’ Union, injured protestors

June 21, 2012

Changuinola town, Bocas del Toro region, Panama. Cornelio (37) in his one-room house where he lives with his wife and son. He lost the vision in one eye and his job, as many other people: the banana company sacked all the people that were injured in the protests. Banana and Associated Industries Workers’ Union called a national strike to protest a new law that would restrict trade union activities © Carlos Gasparotto/Invision Images/reportdigital.co.uk

Changuinola town, Bocas del Toro region, Panama. The x-ray plate of Seferino, a man of the NgŠbe-BuglŽ ethnic group. He has more than 50 hits to his body, made by lead shots that Panamanian police shut during the protest of July 2010. Banana and Associated Industries Workers’ Union called a national strike to protest a new law that would restrict trade union activities © Carlos Gasparotto/Invision Images/reportdigital.co.uk

Changuinola town, Bocas del Toro region, Panama. The x-ray plate of Alfredo, who became completely blind after being hit by a lead shot that Panamanian police shot during the protest of July 2010. Banana and Associated Industries Workers’ Union called a national strike to protest a new law that would restrict trade union activities © Carlos Gasparotto/Invision Images/reportdigital.co.uk

Changuinola town, Bocas del Toro region, Panama. The magnetic resonance of Manuel, a man of the NgŠbe-BuglŽ ethnic group, indicates several hits by lead shots from Panamanian police shotguns during the protest of July 2010. He lost the vision in the left eye. Banana and Associated Industries Workers’ Union called a national strike to protest a new law that would restrict trade union activities © Carlos Gasparotto/Invision Images/reportdigital.co.uk

Changuinola town, Bocas del Toro region, Panama. An ocular prosthesis or artificial eye of a man who was hit by shot from police a shotgun during the protest against anti union repression in July 2010. Banana and Associated Industries Workers’ Union called a national strike to protest a new law that would restrict trade union activities © Carlos Gasparotto/Invision Images/reportdigital.co.uk