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23 Oct 2018 | 12:58 PM UTC

Costa Rica: Ongoing general strike enters seventh week /update 9

Costa Rica News Alert

General strike in Costa Rica enters seventh week as of October 22; further strike actions, including protests and associated transportation disruptions, expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/23/2018, 12:00 AM until 11/9/2018, 11:59 PM (America/Costa_Rica). COUNTRY/REGION Costa Rica

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Event

The ongoing general strike in Costa Rica entered its seventh week on October 22, with local and regional protests ongoing even though some unions and individuals have since returned to work. Associated strike actions - including additional protests and accompanying transportation disruptions - are to be expected in Costa Rica in the coming weeks, along with a heightened security presence near demonstrations. Clashes between demonstrators and security forces cannot be ruled out.

Context

A general labor strike began on September 10 to protest a proposed tax reform bill (plan fiscal) 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 (e.g. healthcare and education), roadblocks, and vehicle caravans have all been common characteristics of the protest movement.

Advice

Individuals in Costa Rica, particularly those in the capital San José, are advised to monitor developments to the situation, anticipate disruptions to transportation and government services - including hospitals, health clinics, and schools - and avoid public gatherings as a precaution.

 

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