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02 Oct 2020 | 01:19 PM UTC

Costa Rica: Demonstrators erect roadblocks across the country October 1

Costa Rica News Alert

Demonstrators continue to erect roadblocks in urban centers nationwide as of October 1; anticipate further disruptions to overland travel, avoid associated demonstrations

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/2/2020, 12:00 AM until 10/2/2020, 11:59 PM (America/Costa_Rica). COUNTRY/REGION Costa Rica

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Event

Roadblocks were reported in different parts of the country for a second day on Thursday, October 1, as protests to denounce the proposed tax increases and public spending cuts announced by the government continued. The National Rescue Movement and other groups began blocking highways and roads across the country on Wednesday, September 30, including in San José. At least 22 blockade points were reported by police officials on Thursday throughout the country. Clashes between protesters and police were also reported on Wednesday.

Further disruptions and associated protests should be expected nationwide in the near term. According to reports, police forces are focusing on securing passage for emergency vehicles and freight. Prolonged roadblocks could prompt a strong police response and therefore further clashes between security forces and protesters are possible. 

Advice

Those in Costa Rica are advised to monitor the situation, avoid associated demonstrations, anticipate overland travel disruptions, and heed instructions issued by local authorities.

 

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