Porteadores and Public Union Workers Take To The Streets Today in Protests

By Rico

From photo archives

From photo archives

QCOSTARICA – Several groups have promised protests for today Thursday on the streets of San Jose and on several key roads around the country.

Although some organizers have stated that traffic will not be blocked, the slow down of vehicles and partial closure of key arteries is bound to cause congestions throughout the morning.

The initial group of protesters are the infamous “piratas” (gypsy cabs , informal or illegal taxis or porteadores), who are still protesting government inaction on thousands of permits.

Although the government claims to be merely applying the law, which stipulates that the numbe porteador (informal taxi) permits may not exceed a specified ratio according to the number of formal taxi (red taxis) permits issued in each area.

According to Carlos González, the protests will occur on the Autopista General Cañas, the highway between the airport and San Jose; the Ruta 27, the highway between La Sabana and Escazu and Santa Ana; the Ruta 32, the highway to Limón; and major roads in Liberia (Guanacaste), Turrialba (Cartago) and Parrita south of Jaco.

At the same time, the umbrella group for public union workers  is planning a march in downtown San Jose, gatherin at the Parque Central starting at 7:00am … continue reading