Traffic police reported protests in several areas of the country, mainly on the roads around the Juan SantamarĂ­a
International Airport in Alajuela Province.  - ANDE photo -


Published Thursday, October 15, 2020

The government has been prudent in
handling the protests, says minister

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

In response to the Supreme Court ruling that condemns the government for not having stopped all the road blockades that happened in the country during the protests, the Minister of the Presidency, Marcelo Prieto, says that the government has moved prudently in the face of this emergency.

According to Prieto, the Court's recommendation regarding lifting the road blockades will be carried out, however, "the Ministry of Public Security and the government have acted fully diligently in this emergency."

The government has sought the way of dialogue to stop the road blockades that began on Sept. 30, added Prieto. The ministry has carried out 115 operations to lift as many blocking points, and there are 100 policemen wounded, beaten, injured in these operations, added Prieto.

The government supports the Minister of Security, Michael Soto, with the police forces and the Public Force in general, said Prieto. "The road blockades are a violation, they are an act of violence against the rights of free movement, and personal freedom of Costa Ricans," he added. "The road blockades are an abuse of the right to manifest, the blockades are a form of coercion against the government of Costa Rica and its citizens."

The government once again calls on the very few protesters to stop the road blockades, Prieto said.

Despite the government's call to stop marches and road blockade, the disruptive actions began at 9 a.m. on Wednesday. Traffic police reported protests in several areas of the country, mainly on the roads around the Juan SantamarĂ­a International Airport in Alajuela Province.

The protests this time were organized by the Unions of public employees such as the National Union of Social Security Employees (Undeca ), the Association of Teachers of High-schools (APSE ), the National Association of Teachers (ANDE), among others.

On their social media they posted via the publication of the unions, the protest is to demand that the government revoke the bills that are under analysis in Congress concerning new laws that will affect public workers, also to reopen public institutions, among other demands.

According to the report of the Ministry of Transport, the blockades in the streets on Wednesday were made in at least 10 places, as on Route 1, the communities of Terraba River bridge, Palmar Norte, Osa, El Brujo, Buenos Aires, Paso Real, Protero Grande, Brasilia, Perez Zeledon, Los Chorros, Paso Canoas, Ciudad Neily, and in the surroundings of Juan Santamaria Airport, among many more.

Unions also announced more marches and road blockades in the coming days. Protests might also delay traffic, so for people traveling out of the main airports, Juan Santamaria in Alajuela Province or Daniel Oduber in Guanacaste Province, it is recommended to calculate extra time of at least one hour in advance, to avoid missing any flights.

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