The Labor Party (Spanish: Partido Laborista) was a Panamanian political party.

The initiative to launch the Labor Party began in 1927.[1][2] Founders of the party included Diógenes de la Rosa, Don Cristóbal Segundo and Domingo H. Turner.[2] The party obtained some 1,000 votes in the 1928 general election.[3]

In 1929 the party sent a delegation to the 1st Conference of the Communist Parties of Latin America, at which it announced its publication El Mazo ('The Mallet').[1][4] The delegates of the party were Eugenio Cossani and Jacinto Chacón.[5] At the conference, the party presented itself as 'partly communist'.[3] In August 1929 the party protested against the raising of a bust of US president Theodore Roosevelt in Colón, citing that the monument hurt the 'national dignity' of Panama.[6]

The successor organization of the Labor Party, the Communist Party of Panama (Partido Communista de Panamá, PCP), was officially established in 1930. [7][3] Whilst Segundo and Turner became Communist Party leaders, De la Rosa did not join the new party and drifted in a Trotskyite direction.[2]

References edit

  1. ^ a b Ricaurte Soler (1 January 1989). Panamá: historia de una crisis. Siglo XXI. p. 59. ISBN 968-23-1553-0.
  2. ^ a b c Revista cultural lotería: L. Lotería Nacional de Beneficencia. 1999. pp. 9–10.
  3. ^ a b c John W. McCauley (1967). The Changing Relationship Between Nationalism and Radicalism in Panama Since 1945. Michigan State University. Department of History. pp. 91–92.
  4. ^ Manuel Caballero (6 June 2002). Latin America and the Comintern, 1919-1943. Cambridge University Press. p. 8. ISBN 978-0-521-52331-8.
  5. ^ Pablo González Casanova (1984). Historia del movimiento obrero en América Latina. Siglo Veintiuno Editores. p. 298. ISBN 9789682312298.
  6. ^ Gregorio Selser (1994). Cronología de las intervenciones extranjeras en América Latina: 1899-1945. UNAM. p. 473. ISBN 978-968-36-7797-6.
  7. ^ Political parties of the Americas: Canada, Latin America, and the West Indies. V. 1. Edited by Robert J. Alexander. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1982. Pp. 566.