The Costa Rican Legislative Assembly approved a tax reform bill on Monday, December 3, that has been the subject of a nationwide protest and strike movement. The Plan Fiscal bill passed a second round of voting with 34 votes in favor and 17 against. Further demonstrations against the tax reform bill are possible over the coming days, though it is likely that the strike and protests movement that began on September 10 will subside given the passage of the bill.
A general labor strike began on September 10 to protest the Plan Fiscal tax reform bill, which would levy a value-added tax (VAT) on consumer goods and foodstuffs. Strike-related activities have included protests, government service disruptions (e.g. healthcare and education sector strikes), roadblocks, and vehicle convoys.
Costa Rica is experiencing its largest financial crisis in 40 years as deficits are set to rise to 7 percent of its GDP.
Individuals in Costa Rica are advised to monitor developments to the situation and avoid any public gatherings as a precaution.
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