Shops being looted in Panama City
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Panama debates Colon law repeal

27 October 2012 Last updated at 08:13 BST

Panama's National Assembly has taken the first step towards repealing a controversial law allowing the sale of land in Colon Free Zone, Latin America's biggest duty-free zone.

The decision to abandon government plans to sell the land in the city of Colon follows a week of protests which included shops being ransacked by looters.

At least three people died, including a nine-year-old boy. Bill Hayton reports.