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Protest day against the Government of Rodrigo Chaves on Wednesday

Union groups from Education, to housing and health, among others, allied themselves a "Great National Protest" on October 25

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QCOSTARICA — The Partido Acción Ciudadana (PAC), the political party that formed the two previous consecutive governments, and crushed in the 2022 presidential elections, announced their participation in the peaceful social protest to take place on Wednesday, October 25.

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Some 40 unions, organizations, and public universities, called for a large day of protest, called “Gran Protesta Nacional” (Great National Protest)  against the government of Rodrigo Chaves.

The demands that move the different sectors to raise their voices are:

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  • Agri-food sovereignty and security.
  • Universal and quality Public Health and Education.
  • The protection of the environment and our energy security.
  • Respect for democracy and institutional autonomy. Compliance with human rights. Economic and tax justice.
  • Creation of opportunities and employment.
  • Financing and promotion of art and culture.
  • Facilities for obtaining decent housing.
  • Urgent and comprehensive attention to citizen insecurity.

In the call, they vehemently called on all political sectors of the country and, especially, the Government, to recognize the importance of effective social dialogue in solving the various problems that afflict the country and affect “particularly the sectors less favored social and productive groups”.

The PAC, in a statement, said its participation is to “fight for the defense of the social rule of law and its institutions, which are today threatened by the concerted actions of a powerful conglomerate of economic and political forces.”

The call to protest has been agreed to start at 9 am. in the Plaza de la Democracia, in San José. The protest, once all the various groups have assembled, will advance toward the Casa Presidencial (Government House), in Zapote.

The organizers also announced that they will hold regional demonstrations in different parts of the country from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm: in regions such as Central Limón, South Caribbean, North Caribbean, Guanacaste, Puntarenas, Pérez Zeledón and the northern part of the country.

The organizations calling for the march are:

  • Federación de Estudiantes de la Universidad Nacional, FEUNA.
  • Grupo cívico de Limón.
  • Frente Nacional de Estudiantes de Secundaria, FNES
  • Movimiento Estudiantil de Estudiantes de Secundaria, MEDSE.
  • ANEP.
  • Federación de Estudiantes de la Universidad de Costa Rica, FEUCR.
  • Asociación Justicia para todos CR.
  • Sindicato de Trabajadores y Trabajadoras de la Educación Costarricense, SEC.
  • UNAG.
  • Corporación Hortícola Nacional.
  • ANDE
  • Cahuita Unida.
  • Sindicato Nacional de Enfermería, SINAE AFINES.
  • Foro de cooperativas agrícolas e industriales de Costa Rica.
  • Central General de Trabajadores Costa Rica Asociación de Educadores Pensionados, ADEP.
  • Colectiva las Hartas.
  • Mujeres en Alerta Costa Rica.
  • Federación Nacional de Colegios
  • Profesionales Universitarios de Costa Rica.
  • Alternativa UCR.
  • Mujeres en Lucha Social.
  • Foro Nacional de Vivienda Mundo Sin Guerras y sin Violencia Costa Rica.
  • SISS: Sindicato de la Salud y la Seguridad Social.
  • SIPAA.
  • Talamanca Siempre Verde
  • UPIAV UAS: Unión en la Acción Sindical, esfuerzo de unión de organizaciones sindicales
  • Partido Acción Ciudadana (PAC)


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