For the first time in the history of Costa Rica – 197 years – the carrying of the Torch of Independence overland was suspended.
Traditionally the Torch of Independence was carried overland by students from the Nicaragua to Cartago. This year, due to the protests of the national strike, and in defense of the safety of the students, the decision was made to airlift the Torch.
The Torch, traditionally carried by students from Peñas Blancas (border with Nicaragua) to Cartago, was carried by air to Cartago, for the Independence Day ceremonies.
The decision to suspend the traditional overland was due to the demonstrations by protesters in the national strike.
On Thursday, the arrival of the Torch in Liberia was delayed for three hours, today blockades in Esparza, Puntarenas