Friday, October 27, 2006

Images of protest - day 1

Here are pictures from Costa Ricans protesting against the Free Trade Agreement. Marches and protests took place in several places around the country however the strongest ones were in the Central Valley and specially in downtown San Jose. These are photos from October 23 (day 1 of the protests).

Personally, I support the Free Trade Agreement and I hate to see these events unfolding in our capital, however my journalistic duty forces me to show them on my blog to keep you all informed of whats's happening in our country. I just hope that despite all these protests the goverment stays firm in its position and gets the agreement ratified by the first quarter of 2007 as it announced in previous days.
Uri R.

A Costa Rican man holds up a poster rejecting the Free Trade Agreement (TLC) as police stand guard outside the Legislative Assembly in San Jose, Costa Rica, Monday, October 23, 2006. Thousands of Costa Ricans marched to protest against a Free Trade Agreement between the U.S. and Central America, which Costa Rica has not ratified yet. (AP Photo/Kent Gilbert)

Costa Rican Brian Retana wears a Batman mask and a headband that reads 'Stand Up Costa Rica Stand Up, NO TO THE FREE TRADE AGREEMENT (TLC)' as he shouts slogans outside the Legistlative Assembly in San Jose, Costa Rica, Monday, Oct. 23, 2006. (AP Photo/Kent Gilbert)

A Costa Rican man wears a mask of "V", the masked vigilante of the "V for Vendetta" movie, as he marches towards the Legislative Assembly to protest against the proposed free trade pact between Costa Rica and the United States in San Jose October 23, 2006. (REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate)

Two policemen stand guard in front of a wall painted with anti-government slogans at the building of the Legislative Assembly, during a march against the proposed free trade pact between Costa Rica and the United States in San Jose, Costa Rica, October 23, 2006. (REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate)

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