• Tico Travel Surfing
  • Squaremouth travel insurance button 468x106
  • Costa Rica Coffee Guide
  • Costa Rica Real Estate

Protests of taxi drivers and educators cause chaos in the Costa Rican capital

September 3, 2019

Two separate protests, one of taxi drivers and another of educators, caused chaos on Tuesday in the congested streets of the capital of Costa Rica.

Dozens of taxis entered San José in the morning hours, when there is heavy traffic, and circulated at low speed to protest against the Uber transport platform.

Taxi drivers crossed the capital to Casa Presidencial in the southeast, where some protesters chained themselves to the gates of the government headquarters and demanded a meeting with President Carlos Alvarado.

Gilbert Ureña, leader of the National Taxi Drivers Forum, said his colleagues feel “cheated” by the government and Legislative Assembly due to the lack of progress in a bill to regulate Uber’s operations.

They claimed that the transport platform has left them out of work and demanded new regulations to reduce the number of vehicles that offer the service through Uber and similar platforms.

Meanwhile, hundreds of educators and other trade unionists from the public sector marched through the center of the capital to the headquarters of the Legislative Assembly to protest for the second consecutive day against bills that restrict the right to strike.

The march remained peaceful until it arrived at the Legislative Assembly headquarters, where a group of workers from the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) joined the protest and tried to enter the Legislative Assembly by force.

One of the initiatives against which they protest seeks to include education among Costa Rica’s list of essential services. These sectors would be prohibited from striking.

Another initiative sought to ban strikes against public policies. Tuesday, it was modified to allow such stoppages for a maximum of 48 hours.

The educators announced that they will continue with “intermittent” protests against such projects.

You may be interested

Costa Rica enacting strict measures during Semana Santa; country adds 28 new coronavirus cases
Costa Rica
8407 views
Costa Rica
8407 views

Costa Rica enacting strict measures during Semana Santa; country adds 28 new coronavirus cases

Alejandro Zúñiga - April 1, 2020

Costa Rica is enacting a series of measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 during Semana Santa (Easter Holy Week).…

News briefs: Health Ministry investigates after patient reports being denied COVID-19 testing
Costa Rica
1363 views
Costa Rica
1363 views

News briefs: Health Ministry investigates after patient reports being denied COVID-19 testing

Alejandro Zúñiga - April 1, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted daily life in Costa Rica, which has declared a State of Emergency and enacted sweeping…

Startled researchers discover Costa Rica is, in fact, an island
Costa Rica
14358 views
Costa Rica
14358 views

Startled researchers discover Costa Rica is, in fact, an island

Alejandro Zúñiga - April 1, 2020

A team of researchers from the University of Costa Rica (UCR) has made a stunning discovery: Costa Rica is, in…

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!