Shops being looted in Panama City
Media playback is unsupported on your device

Panama debates Colon law repeal

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.

  • 27 Oct 2012
Go to next video: Violence over Panama land sale