Nosara gather to hear a message from
organizer Elaine Cohen.
|Marches inspired by Donald Trump
draw Ticas, too
By Conor Golden
A.M. Costa Rica staff
The shouts of solidarity and the marching
along the beaches or in the streets for
women’s rights and other issues of social
justice took place in Costa Rica Saturday
as well as around the world.
A mix of expats and Costa Ricans joined
together in San José for their Saturday
morning march down Avenida Central to the
Plaza de la Cultura. Organizers insisted
prior to the commencement of the event
that they would not use anti-Trump slogans
nor display banners in support of specific
There was another march with an estimated
100 participants near Nosara on the far
Pacific coast. Similar events took place
here while other groups that marched
elsewhere around the globe.
In Costa Rica, the majority claimed to be
non-partisan and welcomed all to
participate. The one in the capital saw
around 200 people of mostly women
participating, according to Kathy
Rothschild, one of the organizers for the
event. Ms. Rothschild also noted that a
substantial majority of attendees were
Costa Rican rather than members of the
U.S. expat community.
The Amigos de la Paz also participated
with attendees being asked to dress in
white with the march to the Plaza de la
Cultura. The organization said the protest
was about world peace, and a statement
said the event was not against a
misogynist president, meaning one who has
contempt for women.
The march originally was not going to
happen because both the Universidad de
Costa Rica and the United Nations Costa
Rica-based University for Peace denying
marchers access, according to organizer
Anne Marie Saidy.
“We knew it was too late to get city
permits, and decided to go ahead and have
our get together at the Plaza Mora, in
front of the main post office in San José,
where no permits are needed,” Ms. Saidy
The march was met by some police presence.
However Ms. Saidy quickly noted that as
soon as officers saw that the intention of
the marchers was peaceful and without
violence, they left.
|“At our rally,
everyone wore an item of clothing that was
white, in keeping with the suffragettes who
marched to get women the right to vote,” she
The banners addressed multiple concerns
including local issues such as the
militarization of the Costa Rican police
forces and the promotion of the education of
women in the country, according to
students became very vocal as they carried
a huge banner and chanted ‘Hasta la Vista,
Sociedad Machista,’ or Goodbye Macho
Society, again and again,” Ms. Saidy said.
The march ended at the Plaza de la Cultura
where varying people involved in the march
had an opportunity to speak into an open
At Playa Guiones, organizer Pamela
Lancaster said that around a hundred
joined the march along the Guanacaste
beach. Several women who planned on
marching said Ms. Lancaster that they were
intimidated out of participating due to
bullying on social media.
A group of women spanning three
generations made the almost three-hour
drive from Playa San Miguel to join the
Guiones protest, according to Ms.
These marches join hundreds of others that
occurred both in the United States and
throughout the world. The original Women's
March on Washington that drew hundreds of
thousands of participants alone was echoed
in dozens of other American cities.
A crowd of more than 150,000 in Chicago,
seven times as large as had been expected,
meant that a planned march was turned into
a rally. Another crowd gathered in Los
Tens of thousands came out for a rally in
In New York City, tens of thousands of
people flooded the upscale shopping
district along Fifth Avenue, heading
toward Trump Tower. St. Paul, Minnesota,
and Boston, Massachusetts, were two other
cities where crowds of more than 50,000
people were reported.
Around the world, marches were found in
places like Tokyo, Sydney, Berlin, Paris,
Amsterdam, and Cape Town. An estimated
80,000 people rallied at London’s
Trafalgar Square to march to the U.S.
|The agony at Río Virilla begins
today for six weeks
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
Restrictions on the Río Virilla bridge are
a reality, but the real crunch comes today
when only public buses and emergency
vehicles are allowed during morning and
evening rush hour.
Workmen are tearing up the eastbound lanes
of bridge in order to put down a new
concrete deck. Both east and westbound
traffic reach the bridge in three lanes
and then have to be guided into one lane
in each direction on the previous
westbound lanes. The bridge always has
been a bottle neck because it has been
just two lanes in each direction.
|The bridge is on the General
Cañas autopista, which also is the
Interamericana Ruta 1.
Transport is fragile. A fender bender on
the bridge for the next six weeks could
paralyze traffic. In addition, a
derailment, which is frequent, could halt
train service from Belén or Alajuela to
Crews have been working over the weekend
to finish the new train station at the
Hospital de Alajuela. Officials hope that
train service takes some of the pressure
off vehicle traffic. The central
government is urging employees who commute
from the west to work via the internet.
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