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Today in Latin American History

22 Were Killed After Trying to Raise the Panamanian Flag on the U.S.-controlled Panama in 1964

22 Were Killed After Trying to Raise the Panamanian Flag on the U.S.-controlled Panama in 1964

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Today in Latin American history, 22 Panamanians were killed in a fight that broke out between Panamanians in Panama City and U.S. citizens living in the Canal Zone in 1964.

The conflict started when the Canal Zone’s high school, Balboa High School, defied zonal laws by raising the American Flag.  This day is known as Martyrs’ Day.

Some 200 Panamanian high-school students from Institute Nacional marched to Balboa High School to raise the Panamanian Flag alongside the American Flag. A fight broke out between the students and the National Guard was brought in.

The 22 who died have their names inscribed on a monument surrounding the flagpole at Balboa High School.

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