The president of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, announced on Sunday, October 4, that they were no longer negotiating 1.75 billion dollars with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to stabilize the country's finances, after the protests that this measure unleashed in the country.
However, the National Rescue Movement announced that the mobilizations that began the previous week would continue indefinitely until the President of the Republic understands that he has to sit down to negotiate.
Celimo Guido, a former deputy and one of the leaders of the demonstration said that the president hadn't announced anything on Sunday and that he was not a humble man. “He said absolutely nothing. He didn't even refer to the National Rescue Movement, which is the movement asking him for dialogue. It is unfortunate that the president doesn't know what we are demanding," he said.
According to Guido, the movement doesn't even know what the government proposed to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) because the President has never explained the proposal.
What do the protestors want?
According to the representative of the protesters, they have several proposals to move the country forward. He also said that, with a little order, they could recover the money that the country is needing. Their proposals include:
That the negotiation with the International Monetary Fund is definitively withdrawn.
That the Government stops stealing.
That they control tax evasion.
That they use the scanners donated by China.
That public works contracts be reviewed to avoid corruption practices.
Stop the public entities' rental waste of money.
Guido said the blockades would continue this week just as they did last week, affecting the country's most important routes.