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Protests against health measures turned to violence

(QCOSTARICA) A march of dozens of people protesting against the health measures applied by the Government to face the COVID-19 pandemic turned to violence both at Presidential House and in the Legislative Assembly, this Tuesday, In Zapote, protesters acted against a Traffic Police tow truck;...

Costa Rica President admits that police violated protocol by arresting protesters

(QCOSTARICA) President Carlos Alvarado admitted this Friday that the Fuerza Publica (police) did not abide by the protocol agreed to in attending demonstrations, when they arrested six people who participated in a protest by merchants on Ruta 27, in San Ana. Alvarado said that he...

‘It is cruel to say that this virus is invented’

(QCOSTARICA) "Irresponsible and of no solidarity". This is how Dr. Daniel Salas, Minister of Health, described the messages that question the existence of the COVID-19 pandemic, which today registers 8,036 cases in Costa Rica and 32 deaths. During the Monday noon presser, Minister Salas spoke...

The perfect way NOT to use a mask

(QCOSTARICA) A large group of mayors, unionists and municipal workers gathered outside the Legislative Assembly today (Tuesday), in downtown San Jose, demanding legislators approve the "Law to support the local taxpayer and strengthen the financial management of the municipalities in the face of the...

US Embassy prohibits its officials and temporary visitors from leaving Managua for 72 hours

The United StatesEmbassy in Managua issued on Thursday, March 5, an alert prohibiting embassy workers and temporary visitors in the country from leaving their residences or hotels for the next 72 hours: otherwise, they will need a special permit, as reported by the United...

Costa Rica’s Finances on Treacherous Terrain

(Bloomberg) Costa Rica’s fear of protesters is proving to be greater than its fear of credit ratings agencies, putting its public finances back on shaky ground less than two years after the nation narrowly dodged a financial crisis. Moody’s Investors Service on Monday downgraded the...

Protests to intensify this year, Colombia union leader says

(Reuters) – Protests against the social and economic policies of Colombian President Ivan Duque will restart with more intensity this year, a top union leader said. Marchers in Colombia held mass demonstrations in November and December last year to demand a varied laundry list of...

Opinion: Latin America’s upheaval tips towards chaos

At first glance, the protests in Ecuador, Chile, Bolivia and most recently Colombia seem to have much in common. They were largely peaceful demonstrations, with occasional instances of violence and vandalism and security forces suppressing any mayhem with an iron fist. The protests have also...

Tens of thousands march in third strike

Tens of thousands of protesters across Colombia took part in anti-government demonstrations Wednesday during the country’s third general strike in two weeks. Thousands of people — trade unionists, students, teachers, farmers and indigenous people among them — gathered to dance and sing in Bolivar Square...

Colombia Protests Press 0n

Widespread anti-government protests in Colombia continued for the fifth day on Monday, while the movement registered its first death. An 18-year-old high school student, who became a symbol of the movement, died from injuries he sustained from being hit by a teargas canister. Dilan Cruz was...

3 Dead, 122 Injured In Protests Against Colombian President Ivan Duque

Colombia’s Defense Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo on Friday confirmed that three people died and 122 civilians were injured during the nationwide strike against President Ivan Duque held on Thursday, when some 622 massive marches, rallies or other forms of protest were held in 350...

Protesters use laser pens to send police drone crashing to the ground in Chile

Protesters in Chile have taken down a police drone by aiming dozens of laser pens at the gadget. Video footage shows the dramatic moment the drone plummets after about 50 lasers were jointly pointed into the sky in Santiago. The laser action in Chile's capital...

Bolivia protests: Student dies after violent clashes

A student was killed as civil unrest continued on the streets of Bolivia on Wednesday. Pressure on President Evo Morales to resign over opposition accusations of corruption related to his recent reelection is increasing. The 20-year-old student died following violent clashes between pro- and anti-government...

Nicaragua police clash with protesters

The four express pickets that took place last Saturday in Managua, despite the immense police and paramilitary deployment, represent the only form of pressure that Nicaraguans have to fight for “the rights confiscated” by the Ortega dictatorship, according to Juan Sebastián Chamorro , executive...

Lawyer: “Parents are responsible for what their children do in protests”

During the blockades of roads that took place this past week and with which the trade unions threaten to continue into next week, it was seen that the union leaders put children and adolescents in the frontline positions of the demonstrations. This, as well as...

Alvarado canceled visit to Puntarenas after mess with fishermen

Costa Rica President Carlos Alvarado decided to cancel the visit to Puntarenas that he had planned for this Saturday, Casa Presidencial confirmed the morning on Friday. The President had assured all week that he would be Puntarenas this weekend, despite the issue with fishermen who...

Somebody Has To Love Him. No?

Rico's TICO BULL - Facing a year of challenges, culminating in almost two weeks of protests, blockades and even violence by a group of fishermen tried to storm the gates of Casa Presidencial and detonated an explosive device, on her Facebook page, Claudia Dobles...

Costa Rica education minister resigns under fire

Costa Rica's education minister Edgar Mora Altamarino resigned his post following protests by students against policies including his support for gender-neutral bathrooms. "The difficult, convulsive and complex times, summon to compose harmony between thoughts and emotions, are not a good time for despair or even...

Most roads are “protester and blockade free” today!

It wasn't until the early hours of this morning, Tuesday, July 2, that most roads were "protester free" or "enabled" in Policia de Transito (Traffic Police) jargon. At 4:15 am, traffic officials reported that the routes of the country, in particular in Limón and Pérez...

Taxi Drivers Announce A Protest Against Uber. Again.

(QCostarica.com) On May 8 taxi drivers will again take to the streets to protest against the legalization of Uber. Javier Cortés, leader of the "fuerza roja" (the formal taxi drivers) said they will gather in the area of the Paso Ancho rotonda at 9:00 am...

“They Threatened to Kill Us if Nicaragua Rises Up Again”

The Nicaraguan “civic insurrection” has spawned hundreds of political prisoners and this is the welcome message they get when entering prison: “They told us that if Nicaraguans rise up civically again, they will kill all of us without even thinking about it.” Jorge Zapata poses...

Nicaragua in 2019: Time for Change?

Nine months into the Nicaraguan sociopolitical crisis, the country is looking at a difficult year ahead. It faces a government who has shut its doors to everything but repression. There are at least six trends that will impact political outcomes in Nicaragua in 2019. Their...

La Prensa runs blank front page in protest of Ortega regime

Nicaragua’s oldest and most-widely read newspaper, La Prensa, published its Friday edition with a blank front page in protest against what it says is the government’s withholding of ink, paper and other materials needed for its printing press since September. La Prensa circulated on Friday...

The Nica Exodus to Costa Rica

Since Daniel Ortega unleashed a brutal repression against the demonstrations demanding the end of his term, after eleven years of authoritarian rule, more than 30,000 Nicaraguans have fled the country to go to Costa Rica, confirmed immigration authorities in that neighboring country. Many of them...

Ortega’s Assault on Independent Television

“The order of the Nicaraguan Institute of Telecommunications and Postal Services (TELCOR) to broadcast the programming of the government’s Channel 6 on Channel 15, a relay channel of 100% Noticias, has the purpose to besiege and violate freedom of the press,” asserted Miguel Mora,...

Nicaragua accuses Costa Rica of ‘numerous deaths’ and ‘massive human rights violations’ during strike

As a distraction to the current situation in Nicaragua before the international stage, on Friday, the government of Daniel Ortega accused the Costa Rican government of "many dead" during the ongoing strike by public sector workers against the Plan Fiscal (tax reform) and incurring...

Public Employees in Nicaragua: “We’re Also Victims”

Carlos admits he’s on the wrong side, and he repeats this realization five times during our conversation. ”I know I’m on the wrong side: I know it, and my wife knows it. It makes me ashamed,” he states. Public workers are sent daily to th...

Nicaraguan Universities Are Expelling Students for Protesting Ortega

Students from Nicaraguan state universities are denouncing that they are being expelled from their institutions, and then turned over to the police and accused of terrorism for participating in the protests against the dictatorial regime of Daniel Ortega. Under Ortega universities have lost their autonomy...

ICE Worker One Of Two Suspects In Aggression Against The President

A long-time employee of the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) and another from the Imprenta Nacional (National Printer), are suspected of committing an attack against president Carlos Alvarado, on his departure from the National Theater on Wednesday. Michael Soto, the Minister of Security, identified the...

Tourist Van Attacked During A Demonstration in Puntarenas (Photos & Video)

This video posted by Raul Gonzalez on Facebook is how a U.S. family visiting Costa Rica will remember their vacation in the land of "pura vida", my ass! In Puntarenas, in the area of Caldera, a minivan with a group of visitors, made up of...

An act that dishonors the country. Attack on the president unleashes strong repudiation.

There is no similar event in the recent history of Costa Rica, a President attacked by a riotous crowd of people, a crowd that appeared bent on violence. That was the scene this Wednesday morning, outside the Teatro Nacional, in downtown San Jose, when President...

Demonstrators Insult and Corner President Alvarado in Downtown San José

A group of protesters chased President Carlos Alvarado this morning, around 11 am, when he was leaving an urban mobility event at the National Theater in downtown San José. The president crossed the Plaza de la Cultura surrounded by bodyguards and police, while dozens of...

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