44 arrested for xenophobic attacks against Nicaraguans in San José

The Fuerza Publica (national police) confirmed the arrest of 44 people for xenophobic attacks in downtown San José on Saturday when a group of more than 400 Costa Ricans descended on the Parque La Merced, a park known for Nicaraguans to gather.

“It is regrettable (the demonstration), because it is an incitement to hatred and violence,” said Randall Picado, regional director of the Fuerza Publica in San Jose, who confirmed that they seized eight Molotov cocktails, four daggers, a baseball bat, and knives.

The police chief said that the altercation occurred after a group of people gathered in the park to sing the national anthem and to erect the Costa Rican flag.

“They came, they sang the anthem, they put up the flag, but suddenly a group of

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