Panama’s National Migration Service (SNM) has warned foreigners residing in the country that they could face deportation if they join in protests or demonstrations,
In a statement issued Thursday, November 21 the SNM said that “in order to avoid legal problems” that could affect their stay in the territory foreigners should refrain "to refrain from participating in protests and demonstrations.
"The peaceful demonstration is part of Panamanian democracy and every citizen has the right to dissent freely, as long as it does not affect the community," said the statement.
The SNM says its warning is based on Article 6 of the Migration Law to “authorize, deny or prohibit the entry or permanence of foreigners in the national territory and order their deportation, expulsion or return”.
Migration added that Article 65 of this Law, empowers them to deport and order the impediment of entry to the national territory to foreigners "for violating public security."