Daily protests are planned across Costa Rica through Saturday, September 29, as the indefinite nationwide general labor strike enters its third week. A major protest march is planned for the morning (local time) of Wednesday, September 26, in San José, with labor leaders anticipating hundreds of thousands of participants. Roadblocks, vehicle caravans, and marches are also planned in Cartago and Barranca (Puntarenas) for Wednesday. Further protests, roadblocks, heightened security presence, and transportation disruptions are all expected throughout the week across the country. Fuel shortages and disruptions of government services, including hospitals and health clinics, are possible. Clashes between security and protesters cannot be ruled out.
Other daily marches planned throughout the week include:
- Tuesday, September 25 - protest march in San José from La Merced Park to the Legislative Assembly, beginning at 09:00; protest near Fuente de la Hispanidad in San Pedro
- Wednesday, September 26 - Grand National March planned from 10:00, with demonstrators marching from the Leon Cortés statue in La Sabana to the Legislative Assembly
- Thursday, September 27 - "caravans" of slow-moving vehicles on major roads are expected throughout the country; protesters to meet in front of Legislative Assembly
- Friday, September 28 - March from San José Central Park to Plaza de la Democracía beginning at 16:00; regional protests expected
- Saturday, September 29 - demonstrators to gather in front of the homes of legislators; regional protests expected
A general labor strike began on September 10 to protest a proposed tax reform bill that is currently under debate in the Legislative Assembly. Costa Rica is experiencing its largest financial crisis in 40 years as deficits are set to rise to 7 percent of its GDP. President Carlos Alvarado, who came into office in April 2018, is attempting to pass a fiscal reform package through the Legislative Assembly that would replace a sales tax with a value-added tax to all services and eliminate tax exemptions, including on foodstuffs.
Individuals in Costa Rica, particularly those in San José and in Limón, are advised to monitor developments to the situation, anticipate disruptions to transportation and government services, including hospitals, health clinics, and schools, avoid large public gatherings as a precaution, and never cross a roadblock without permission. Expect fuel shortages in areas most acutely affected by the strike and related protests.
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