Q COSTA RICA NEWS – It’s Christmas and with the Aguinaldo (Christmas Bonus) in the streets, competition among street vendors increases. And so do clashes between the informal vendors and police.

The scene in the area of the Central Market in downtown San Jose Monday afternoon when the municial police and street vendors clashed
The scene in the area of the Central Market in downtown San Jose Monday afternoon when the municial police and street vendors clashed

On Monday, police detained three street vendors after a clash broke out in the area of the Central Market.

Witnesses say the clash was between the San Jose municipal police officials and street vendors unhappy with the police ‘harassment’, where several of the police officials seized pirated movies and music dics.

The Fuerza Publica (national police) had to be called in when the number of street vendors and police officials grew. The presence of the Fuerza Publica quickly defused the tense situation. The three arrests were for assualt on police.


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