Anti-Government Protests Continue

Oct 9, 2020

As of 8 October 2020, anti-government protests and roadblocks continue to disrupt vehicular transportation throughout Costa Rica, including in the capital San José. The public security minister stated that local organized crime members have infiltrated the protest actions and are responsible for violent clashes between police officers and protesters, during which approximately 100 police officers have been injured. At select roadblocks, individuals are extorting illegal tolls from travelers before permitting transit. Travelers should expect significant transportation delays throughout Costa Rica. Widespread demonstrations have continued in the country since 30 September, disrupting traffic in major cities and on key highways, including on National Route 32 — which connects San Jose to the provinces of Heredia and Limón — National Route 27 — which connects the city and port of Caldera to San José and the Pan-American Highway. Protest leaders from the opposition National Rescue Movement group remain unsatisfied with President Carlos Alvarado’s actions to date and maintain that demonstrations will continue until the president signs a document meeting their demands regarding the country’s economic policies.

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