The Acts of the Democracies




USA and Panama

The USA military departs from Panama.

Several sites used from the 1940s to test chemical weapons are discovered. Mustard gas, VX, sarin and cyanide are among the chemicals tested in mines, rockets and shells. Tens of thousands of munitions had been used, many dropped from the air, some unexploded.

Between 1979 and 1999, 21 Panamanians had died from unexploded munitions. In the early days USA troops were used in tests without their knowledge causing horrific medical problems.

Agent Orange, a defoliant which contains the cancer producing dioxin, had been tested in the jungles of Panama in the 1960s and 1970s.

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