For many the only way to make it on time for their flight was to walk.
For many the only way to make it on time for their flight was to walk. Photo Shirley Vásquez

(QCOSTARICA) San Jose, 10:17AM – “There was violence, a policeman has is teeth knocked out Today we will not negotiate,” were the words of Mauricio Herrera, the ministry of communications with respect to the protest by taxis today.

The specialized police unit ensured movement of traffic in the area of the San Jose airport.
The specialized police unit ensured movement of traffic in the area of the San Jose airport. Photo from Twitter.

In statement to the press this morning, the government of Luis Guillermo Solis reiterated: if there were blockades, there would be no dialogue.

“Right now there is nothing to talk about and they know it,” said the government statement.

The confrontation around 6:00am this morning in San Pedro. Photo from Twitter
The situation around 6:00am this morning in San Pedro, less than an hour of the official start of the protest. Photo from Twitter

President Solis was at the central command post from 4:30am this morning, working with his minister of Security, Gustavo Mata and the Chief of the Fuerza Publica (police) and dozens of other officials, monitoring and coordinating efforts in the face of the threatened violence by the taxi drivers.

The detentions ranged from public disorder to blocking public roads. A total of 78 people were detained this morning (up to 9:30am)
The detentions ranged from public disorder to blocking public roads. A total of 78 people were detained this morning (up to 9:30am). Photo from Ministerio de Seguridad Twitter.

The police official that had his teeth knocked out, injured by a taxi driver with a rock in his hand during a confrontation in the area of Mall San Pedro, was identified as Erick Chaves Sibaja, a member of the Unidad de Intervención Policial (UIP) – a specialized police unit dealing with manifestations (riots).


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The Security Minister in a Twitter post holds up the nails strewn on the roads, allegedly by taxi drivers.

 

Another Tweet shows the injury suffered by the police officer.