This was announced by Israel Cedeño, director of the Metropolitan Health Region, on Radio Panama. The official explained that they received complaints so that the protesters could be investigated and sanctioned, so the ministry's legal advisory team investigates the matter. According to the complainants, they violated the stipulated curfew between 7 pm and 5 am
Figures from the PRD, including the representative of the San Francisco corregimiento, Carlos Pérez Herrera, urged the health authorities to investigate the protesters:
“The @PRDesPanama has already been sanctioned and the Parrillada too. And those who violated the decrees without mask without distance and clearly identified? @MINSAPma. Equal law for everyone in the end they affect San Francisco, which is my responsibility @jcsanfrancisco_ @SFNewsPanama ”, he wrote on Twitter.
His message was shared by officials such as Omar Ahumada (Administrator of the Passport Authority), Celso Carrizo (Adviser to the Presidency), among others.
On Thursday night, protesters questioned the fact that citizens are asked to remain confined to avoid cases of coronavirus, but, at the same time, deputies are allowed to open a restaurant for a political meeting. They demanded, among other things, equal treatment.
The Minsa imposed a fine of $50,000, both on the PRD and on the restaurant Parrillada Jimmy's. According to Cedeño, the activity violated several decrees, including No. 500 of March 19, 2020, which ordered the temporary closure of various commercial activities, including restaurants. There it was established that they can only dispatch home deliveries or take-away orders; customers cannot consume food on the premises. The measure that prevents meetings of more than 10 people was also violated.