Friday, November 18, 2005

CAFTA protest

Thousands of Costa Ricans march towards the Legislative Assembly (Congress) to protest against the proposed free trade pact between Costa Rica and the United States in San Jose November 17,2005. Opposition from labor groups, environmentalists, prominent academics and political figures brought together thousands to protest against Costa Rica's participation in the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) with the U.S. With the exception of Costa Rica, all the Central American countries which have signed the trade pact with the United States have ratified the agreement. (REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate)

Personally, I support the CAFTA and think all this is embarassing . The agreement should have been approved a long time ago. Although I wish and hope that by early next year Congress ratifies it, that is unlikely. With presidential elections looming in Feb. 2006, we'll probably have to wait for the new government to take office in May 2006 to decide CAFTA's future.

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