The National Association of Public Employees (ANEP) is calling for a large demonstration in San José on Tuesday, October 16, in anticipation of a Supreme Court decision on the "plan fiscal" tax reform bill. The protest, which is on the 37th day of a general labor strike across the country, will be held at the Plaza de la Justicia. Localized traffic disruptions and a heightened security presence is expected.
A general labor strike began on September 10 to protest a proposed tax reform bill that would increase taxes on certain items, including foodstuffs. Costa Rica is experiencing its largest financial crisis in 40 years as deficits are set to rise to 7 percent of its GDP. Protests, government service disruptions, including healthcare and education, roadblocks, and vehicle caravans have all been common characteristics of the protest movement.
The Supreme Court is scheduled to decide on Tuesday whether the "plan fiscal" requires a qualified majority of 38 votes or a simple majority of 29 votes in the second round of voting. The bill passed the first round with 35 votes.
Individuals in Costa Rica, particularly those in San José, are advised to monitor developments to the situation, anticipate disruptions to transportation and government services, including hospitals, health clinics, and schools, avoid public gatherings as a precaution.
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