Security Minister Michael Soto announced Saturday night that the La Merced park, in downtown San Jose, will remain closed and under guard by the police for an indefinite period, after the xenophobic demonstrations that took place today.
Police guard the La Merced park
On Saturday, 44 people were arrested, 38 of which were Costa Ricans and 6 Nicaraguans, when more than 400 people took to the downtown streets of the capital to express their sentiments towards the rise in Nicaraguans arriving in Costa Rica due to the crisis north of the border.
Though the demonstrations mostly took place in the La Merced park, crowds gathered in the Plaza de la Cultura and the Parque Central.
The La Merced park is a popular gathering point for many Nicaraguans in the