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25th of July Celebrations

Residents of Nicoya Canton Protested the Government’s Unfulfilled Promises

By Oliver Pérez Picado
Photos Giordano Ciampini

The Public Force present during the 25th of July civic act intimidated Marcos Jimenez, mayor of Nicoya, demanding his identification card while he marched in a peaceful protest. 

Also, the Transit Police created an obstacle for the buses of protestors that arrived from the communities of Nosara and Samara and tried to remove the license plates from the motor vehicles to take away support of the march. 

Some 600 representatives from development associations, community groups, taxi drivers and syndics of the Municipality of Nicoya—among other groups—organized a march on Wednesday, July 25th, to protest before the executive power various unfulfilled promises in areas such as the deplorable state of the national highways, the deterioration of the educational infrastructure, the proliferation of the illegal public transportation of passengers and the lack of a medical specialties tower at the La Anexion Hospital, a public work that has been on the books since a year ago.   

The protestors met at 9:30 a.m. in front of the Public Force installations for the Canton of Nicoya, where three busses, 80 cars, 9 microbuses and 40 taxi drivers arrived. They marched to the Recadero Briceño Park, where an extraordinary Municipal Council session was held with the absence of Mayor Marco Antonio Jimenez, who accompanied the protestors; in addition he was absent from the main platform.  

Public Force troops tried to intimidate Jimenez when he joined the protest, demanding that he present his identification card, even though he is a well-known public official and walked freely along the public roadway.

Hours before, just as the three buses were 2 kilometers from arriving in the city of Nicoya, at the intersection of the community of Curime, along the highway to Playa Samara, officials of the Transit Police intercepted them to impede their passage with the objective of avoiding their exercising their right to express their displeasure with the dismal state of highway 160 that connects this district with Ostional beach, a national roadway with an extension of 28 kilometers.

Public Works Still on the Books

The Guanacastecans protested to the executive power the unfulfilled promise of constructing a completely new school for Leonidas Briceño, the principal educational center of this city, which has an enrollment of approximately 850 students. 


40 taxis were intercepted by Police in Nicoya so they could not participate in
the peaceful march planned for Wednesday, July 25.

Nosara protesters hold banners during President Laura Chinchilla's speech

Nosara protesters hold banners during President Laura Chinchilla's speech

President Laura Chinchilla (center) on stage at the Nicoya plaza singing the
Guanacaste anthem

During the feasts of the Annexation of the Party of Nicoya last year on July 25th, the Ministry of Public Education announced with the construction of this work of which up until now—one year later—only a model exists, and 80 million colones ($160,000) have been spent in rent to house the students.   

In addition, the offer to erect a new 5-story medical tower at the Anexion Hospital of Nicoya has also gone unfulfilled. According to Costa Rican Social Security (CCSS), it was going to have the capacity to house 130 beds. The work was announced on July 25, 2011; however at present, the first stone hasn’t even been placed and the hospital is currently suffering an important financial crisis. 

The largest delegation of protestors, some 350, arrived to Nicoya from Nosara Beach, a community that has carried out great efforts for more than two years to get the Ministry of Public Works and Trasportation (MOPT) to pave the highway that connects Samara and Nosara with Ostional Beach, a stretch that would complete the so-called “Sun Route” that runs along many of the principal coastal zones of Santa Cruz and Nicoya.  

The president of the Development Association of Bocas de Nosara and President of the District Council, Marco Avila, criticized the governmental abandonment of the Nosara-Ostional roadway where, according to him, some 30 kilometers that can only be crossed by carts exist.

“We need the government to make an agreement with us. We don’t have tourism; there’s no economy; we’re in total ruin because of the poor state of the road. The buses get stuck with the rains. Due to this, 400 of us went to protest. The traffic police tried to stop us so we wouldn’t come to the march.  From the intersection to Samara Beach there were police. They came to remove or license plates and pull people off the buses. It was an abuse of authority,” criticized Avila. 

The vice mayor of Nicoya, Adriana Rodriguez, presided over the day’s extraordinary municipal session in the Recadero Briceño park, advocating for finding “integral” solutions to Guanacaste’s development problems. 


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