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On the Back of the Pandemic, the Militarization of Latin America is Gathering Momentum, Analysts Warn

(QREPORTS) During the Covid-19 pandemic, armed forces in Latin America have been taking on essential tasks: manufacturing protective equipment, delivering food and treating civilians in hospitals. In at least a dozen countries, soldiers have been deployed to enforce containment measures, often using brute force,...

Protesters fail to block streets again: 11 arrested

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rican roads were once again interrupted by illegal roadblocks, the Ministry of Public Security (MSP) reported on Friday night. However, protesters failed to maintain the blockades due to quick action by the Fuerza Publica (National Police) to quickly clear passage. Commander Xinia Vázquez,...

The blockades return: 60 people closed Ruta 32

QCOSTARICA - The blockades are back: around 60 people keep the sector between Gallo Manso and Saborío, on Ruta 32, closed this Monday afternoon, confirmed Francisco Méndez Brenes, head of the Traffic Police of the Atlantic area. The police chief explained that the protesters maintained...

Rescate Nacional withdraws threat of blockades

QCOSTARICA - The Rescate Nacional (National Rescue) group led by Célimo Guido will formally join the multisectoral dialogue promoted by President Carlos Alvarado. The announcement was made known Thursday by Guido himself, Eduardo Cruickshank, president of the Legislative Assembly and Marcelo Prieto, President Alvarado's Chief...

Fiscalia charges leaders of the Rescate Nacional

QCOSTARICA -The Prosecutor's Office confirmed that the leaders of the National Rescue movement Célimo Guido, Óscar Campos and José Miguel Corrales face criminal charges for their actions in the violent protests of the past two weeks. In total, there are fve criminal complaints signed by...

Police charge protester for attempted homicide against Alajuela police chief

QCOSTARICA - A man identified with the surnames Quirós Salas was denounced by the Fuerza Publica (National Police) for attempted homicide after the apparent attack by a piece of wood on Milton Alvarado, regional director in Alajuela. This was confirmed by Michael Soto, Minister of...

Avoid downtown San Jose this Monday as protests continue

QCOSTARICA - Another massive march against the Government was called for this Monday in San Jose by the Movimiento Rescate Nacional (National Rescue Movement). Célimo Guido, on Sunday afternoon, called on the protesters holding blockades across the country to give it a "rest" on Monday,...

Only four points with blockades on Sunday; March this Monday in San Jose

QCOSTARICA - As begin today, Monday, October 12, day 13 of the national protest, roadblocks continue but not at the scale of the past week given the work of the Fuerza Publica (National Police) in reopening roadways. On Sunday, only four points in the country...

Blockades in Costa Rica cause millions in losses in Central America

QCOSTARICA - At least 800 trucks are currently stranded on the border between Panama and Costa Rica due to the internal Costa Rican conflict, which is affecting trade in Central America and generating millions of dollars in losses as the region tries to reactivate...

Truckers remain stranded due to blockade in Paso Canoas, Panama border

QCOSTARICA - The Policia de Transito (Traffic Police) reported this Friday morning that Paso Canoas remains closed due to roadblocks, which has caused great congestion and a mess in the last hours. The closure is maintained on Route 2, at kilometer 350, at the entrance...

Leader for protest movement asks for forgiveness and calls to put down protests in the streets

QCOSTARICA - Former legislators and former presidential candidate José Miguel Corrales, one of the leaders of the "Movimiento Rescate Nacional" (National Rescue movement) and who encouraged roadblocks in recent days, apologized this Thursday and called for the protests to stop, lamenting the interference of...

Police identify infiltrated drug traffickers using blockades to “divert police”

QCOSTARICA - The Minister of Public Security, Michael Soto, confirmed that the Fuerza Publica (National Police) has identified people involved in drug trafficking crimes within the groups of people who participate in the blockades in sectors such as Quepos, Liverpool in Limón, Sarapiquí and...

The President hides while chaos overwhelms the country

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica President, Carlos Alvarado, is being accused of hiding and not give face while chaos and uncertainty take over the country. This is how deputies from different political parties are complaining of the President's inaction to lift the blockades that have obstructed...

“Blockades infiltrated by Narcos”: Leader of protests and Security Minister agree

QCOSTARICA - "The blockades along the highway are being infiltrated by drug traffickers," was admitted by José Miguel Corrales, one of the leaders of the so-called National Rescue Movement and the Minister of Security, Micheal Soto. The protests, now in their eight day, that has...

The 15 conditions to negotiate possible lifting of blockades

QCOSTARICA - The promoters of the protests (that nightly turn to violence) against the negotiation with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) demand that the Government comply with 15 conditions to negotiate the lifting of roadblocks. Among its demands, the self-styled “Movimiento Rescate Nacional” (National Rescue...

In Costa Rica, the Legislative Assembly is the power of the people

RICO'S DIGEST - Today is day 7 of protests, roadblocks, and violence in response to President Carlos Alvarado and the Executive Branch of the government's plan for new taxes, among others, to negotiate a US$1.75 billiion dollar loan with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). This...

Tourism sector estimated 50% cancelled reservations over the weekend

QCOSTARICA - The protests and roadblocks caused the cancellation of around 50% of the reservations planned in the tourism sector, for the past weekend, a blow considered very strong when the industry is just recovering., according to a telephone survey carried out by the...

Small groups maintain blockades in 95 points of the country

QCOSTARICA - Small groups maintain blockades in 95 points of the national roads according to the report of the Fuerza Publica (National Police), saying a headcount of protesters is 2,476 in different parts of the country, summoned by unions and the so-called “Movimiento Rescate...

Despite president’s message protests and blockades continue this Monday

QCOSTARICA - Despite the message by President Carlos Alvarado Sunday night on the national television network of the withdrawal of IMF proposal, some 2,200 people continue to demonstrate and block at least 50 roads this Monday. Since the early hours of this morning, at least...

Government withdraws IMF proposal and calls for dialogue to balance it

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica President Carlos Alvarado announced on national television Sunday night that he will go ahead with the initial proposal of the government and that he will withdraw it in order to balance it. The announcement came after five days of protests across...

59 blockades this Sunday: complaints of charging tolls

QCOSTARICA - A total of 59 points throughout the country remained blocked this Sunday, according to reports from the Ministry of Public Security (MSP). In 36 of these areas, protesters prevented the passage of vehicles, meanwhile, there are another 23 points with intermittent closures, that...

Mother with newborn twins trapped in blockade: ‘I was scared, the gas was getting into the ambulance’

QCOSTARICA - At 9:30 pm Thursday, October 1, Alba Gutiérrez Rivas and her husband, Rafael Villegas Moya, arrived at the Garabito clinic, Puntarenas province, to bring their daughter into the world. Yes, a single girl. The woman was unaware that she was actually carrying twins. But...

Police will confiscate vehicles that obstruct the passage in blockades

QCOSTARICA - As the country wakes to day 4 of the protests being held across the country, the government of Carlos Alvarado is threatening to down plates and/or confiscate vehicles that obstruct passage in blockades. On Friday, Casa Presidencial warned protesters that police are being...

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...

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