Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Strike against CAFTA announced

Protesters march against the Free Trade Agreement between Central America and the U.S. in San Jose, Costa Rica, June 7, 2006. (AP FILE photo/Kent Gilbert)(Prensa Latina) San Jose, Costa Rica - Costa Rican unions and social organizations confirmed their participation in a national strike against the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States, currently being evaluated in Congress.

According to Jorge Coronado, representative of the Coordinadora de Lucha contra el TLC (Coordinator of the battle against the FTA) the central theme of the massive protest will be the immediate withdrawal of the treaty from legislation and projects to apply an agreement on telecommunications and security.

Coronado added that work will be stopped on the 23rd and 24th of this month, in primary and secondary schooling, Social Security, the Electricity Institute and other areas of public services.

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