Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Thousands protest against CAFTA

Once again, protesters marched against the Free Trade Agreement between Central America and the U.S. The march, organized by union leaders, took place peacefully but under the watchful eye of the police. (All photos by Kent Gilbert/AP)

Police watch over a protest by thousands of Costa Ricans against the Free Trade Agreement in San Jose, Costa Rica, Wednesday, June 7, 2006.

Thousands of Costa Ricans protest against the Free Trade Agreement in San Jose, Costa Rica, Wednesday, June 7, 2006.

Costa Ricans protest with a poster reading 'WITH THE FREE TRADE AGREEMENT (TLC) ONLY THE RICH WIN...AND YOU? EACH TIME POORER' during a protest in San Jose, Costa Rica, Wednesday, June 7, 2006."

Those who frequently read my blog know my opinion about these marches, so I won't waste any more time ranting about them.

Hopefully, with the FIFA World Cup starting on Friday and Costa Rica playing in the opening game against Germany, we won't see another protest like this one until the greatest sporting event in the world concludes on July 9, 2006.

Costa Rica is a soccer-loving country and I think that union leaders won't risk a public relations fiasco by calling for a march that would have less people than a Sunday morning company picnic.

I think, that in almost every Tico, the love for soccer is way bigger than the hate for CAFTA. I have no stats but I can bet any of my readers that if we ask any 10 ticos on the street, nine of them would rather stay glued to their T.V sets watching the 2006 FIFA World Cup than marching through San Jose.

Damn...so much for not ranting about them stupid marches!

Uri R.

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