Tuesday, May 09, 2006

The ugly side of Oscar Arias' innauguration ceremony

Protestors demanding the rejection of a free-trade pact with the U.S (TLC), opposing the Bush administration and the newly-elected government of Oscar Arias made themselves heard in the areas surrounding the National Stadium. Here's a look at some of them:

An unidentified person holds a poster reading 'Say no to the green old man, say no to the TLC (Free Trade Agreement)' and showing a photo of new President Oscar Arias during a demonstration against CAFTA and Arias's presidential inauguration on Monday May 8, 2006 in San Jose, Costa Rica near the National Stadium. (AP Photo/Cristobal Herrera)
A Costa Rican student takes part in a protest march near the National Stadium where President Oscar Arias is holding his inauguration ceremony, in San Jose, Costa Rica May 8, 2006. Nobel laureate Arias begins a second stint as president of Costa Rica on Monday, taking power in a nation divided over free trade with the United States and widely seen as rudderless. Arias, is the 53nd president of Costa Rica, dating from 1848. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas

Costa Ricans attend a demonstration against CAFTA and the new Costa Rican President Oscar Arias on Monday May 8, 2006 in San Jose, Costa Rica near the National Stadium where President Oscar Arias is holding his inauguration ceremony. (AP Photo/Cristobal Herrera)
A Costa Rican protester burns a U.S. flag during a protest march near the National Stadium where President Oscar Arias is holding his inauguration ceremony, in San Jose, Costa Rica May 8, 2006. Nobel laureate Arias begins a second stint as president of Costa Rica on Monday, taking power in a nation divided over free trade with the United States and widely seen as rudderless. Arias, is the 53nd president of Costa Rica, dating from 1848. REUTERS/Roger Benavides

A Costa Rican man wears a mask with the words 'No TLC' (No Free Trade Agreement) during a protest march near the National Stadium where President Oscar Arias is holding his inauguration ceremony, in San Jose, Costa Rica May 8, 2006. Nobel laureate Arias begins a second stint as president of Costa Rica today, taking power in a nation divided over free trade with the United States and widely seen as rudderless. Arias, is the 53nd president of Costa Rica, dating from 1848. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas

1 comment:

Erin R. said...

Freedom of expression is beautiful, is it not??

Anyhow, I hope Arias opens his eyes to all his people, and not just his supporters (this is how I feel about all leaders of all countries). There are, obviously, many people that oppose TLC/CAFTA, and he needs to hear their voices and take their concerns into consideration.

That said, I think that ratification of TLC/CAFTA is better than not ratifying it. CR would effectively take itself out of the international market, which would affect the economy even more than an [unfair] trade agreement.

Aaaah... the bittersweet reality of today's world is that we rarely get to choose the greater of two goods and often have to pick the lesser of two evils. Boo.

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