Friday, 30 October 2020

What if there was a party and nobody came?

As is the tradition in Costa Rica every September 14, the Municipality of Cartago carries out a series of activities to commemorate independence.

The Plaza Mayor in Cartago

One of the main activities is the receiving of the Torch of Independence and a symbolic cabinet meeting by the sitting government.

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But this year, the national strike that was in its fifth consecutive day, is being blamed for the lack of people showing up for the independence ceremonies.

I do not see that it was necessary (to take the torch by air), but hey, the government had its reasons to have made that decision.The mayor of San Ramon, Nixon Ureña

First, an alleged blockade, which the unions deny, in Esparza, Puntarenas meant the independence flame was put out while the torch was airlifted to Cartago. The torch arrived early in the ‘old metropolis’ and safeguarded at the local police station until the evening.

The Plaza Mayor in Cartago

The Ministry of Education (MEP) decision to fly the torch to its destination was taken “to safeguard the safety of the students and the people who accompanied them on the overland route, given the blockades that are taking place in several parts of the country.”

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For its part, the unions denied that the passage of the torch was blocked or that the safety of the students was put at risk.

An alternative torch was carried from Esparza to different parts of the country without suffering any setbacks.

Even the mayor of San Ramon, Nixon Ureña said, “I do not see that it was necessary (to take the torch by air), but hey, the government had its reasons to have made that decision.”

The second, the government of President Carlos Alvarado decided that the session of the Governing Council – cabinet meeting – was not going to take place in the Plaza Mayor, as is the custom.

This year the cabinet met behind closed doors in the Municipality of Cartago offices, while a small number of attendees celebrated the outside cultural activities, to which rain and the lack of a cover in the square caused the few present to leave their chairs empty.

Protesters to the government’s proposal for the plan fiscal were kept behind police lines

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Meanwhile, behind a police line were hundreds of protesters with flags, blankets, and banners protesting against the plan fiscal (tax reform).

Far away from the public, President Carlos was booed while receiving the torch, and screams of “afraid, afraid, afraid” could be heard, noting the president and his staff distance to the people.

Source (in Spanish):

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