A group of protesters and the Public Force of Costa Rica, they clashed in the vicinity of the Presidential House, where a protest against an eventual government agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that contained more taxes culminated.
The demonstration passed calmly along the main roads of the capital of Costa Rica until it reached the front of the Presidential House, where the situation changed a few hours later, when the protesters threw stones at the police, who responded with tear gas.
Attacks on the Police
So far it has been reported at least three policemen with injuries in the head and several detainees. “The comrades began to receive a brutal attack, they were not stones, they were pieces of concrete,” the director of the Public Force, Daniel Calderón, told the media.
The police allowed the protesters to reach the front of the Presidential House as often happens when there are these types of movements, and placed metal barriers to form a perimeter guarded by the police.
Before the stones were thrown, the Public Force repelled the protesters and took them away from the Presidential House.
Controversy over the protests
The demonstration was called by the “National Rescue Movement”, led by former deputy Célimo Guido, who has support from other social and union groups.
The protests began on September 30 and have been characterized by road blocks, but with the passing of days the movement has weakened, especially since last Thursday when the former presidential candidate José Miguel Corrales, until then leader of the movement, withdrew when denouncing that the protests were penetrated by criminal groups.
The protests have continued despite the fact that on October 4, President Carlos Alvarado announced that he was withdrawing the proposal from the discussion IMF.
Dialogue between the parties
The president announced Sunday night that as of October 17, he will begin his work a dialogue table multisectoral to seek solutions to the economic and fiscal problems of the country.
He National Rescue Movement assures that he has not been summoned to dialogue and demands from the president a written commitment that he will not go to the IMF for the remainder of his term.
Since the protests began on March 30, clashes of the police with protesters in the provinces of Guanacaste (west), Limón (Caribbean) and Puntarenas (Pacific), where there were roadblocks.
This monday there 7 roadblock points in the south of the country, one of them on the border with Panama, which has interrupted the passage of international cargo transport.