#CostaRica #protests #Raisingtaxes ‘Costa Rica 🇨🇷 PROTESTS Corruption, Economics, Proposed New Taxes💰 Mismanagement Blocks Ports 🚢’ Costa Rica had already been moving south financially, even before the Covid crisis. Obviously with the Covid crisis things are much worse. They’re looking for money, which we all know pretty much means new tax proposals. But this protest Sept. 30th 2020 in San Jose Costa Rica and other parts of Costa Rica as well, (the border posts and ports of Limon, Caldera, Penas Blancas, Paso Canoas), was more than that- corruption, the handling of the economic situation (just below 25% unemployment), mismanagement, IMF (International Monetary Fund) involvement. Costa Rican are mad as hell and not going to take it anymore. I went to the protest in San Jose Costa Rica expecting more of a ‘Hong Kong’ experience. Obviously I was mistaken. Costa Rica has their own way of showing their upset with the powers that be. Still effective I suppose… but still believe it was a missed opportunity. Especially in regards to publicity. Something a little more ‘Hong Kong’ would have been impressive for the international news. The video is my experience, my perspective.
This is the Tico Times article-
Protesters blocked roads and ports in different parts of Costa Rica on Wednesday in a protest against planned negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that the government says are necessary for economic stability.
The director of the National Police, Daniel Calderón, said there were 21 blockades, including on Route 32 (San José-Limón) and on the Inter-American highway some 200 km northwest of San José.
“We are dealing with a situation in Caldera (Pacific port) where apparently they are placing obstacles on the road to prevent the transport of goods or prevent trucks from leaving,” Calderón said in a video released by the government.
Other blockades were established at the Fuente de la Hispanidad, in San José; on Route 27, which connect the capital with the Pacific coast; and at various points in the north and south.
The protests were called by the National Rescue Movement, led by former deputies José Miguel Corrales and Célimo Guido.
Corrales said Tuesday that the blockades seek to punish exporters and importers “who are the ones who do not pay taxes.”
He also said that the blockades would be made in the ports of Caldera (Pacific) and Moín (Caribbean), as well as the border posts of Peñas Blancas (north) and Paso Canoas (south) to interrupt foreign trade without affecting the mobility of the people.
However, the protest covered other areas of the country and caused road congestion.
Costa Rica is negotiating with the IMF an agreement for $1.75 billion over three years in exchange for an adjustment that includes temporary taxes and spending cuts.
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