If you tried to go to the Chiriquí Mall or PriceSmart yesterday around 11:00 AM, then you most likely ran into a protest stopping traffic in all directions.
The protest was being held by the administrative workers in the Social Security hospital. Nurses and Doctors were not a part of the protest. My understanding is that they are asking for $75 dollars more a month salary increase.
I never try to cross any of these type of protests. Doing so can cause even the more peaceful ones to have a rock thrown through the window.
I took the following photo, made a U-turn across the grassy median and decided PriceSmart would be another day.