San Jose Costa Rica – Taxi drivers and porter (small transportation services) as well as educators are protesting outside the Presidential House today of President of the Republic, Laura Chinchilla, threatening a major national strike and to block the main roads of the country.

Demonstrators are protesting against a bill regarding taxi, student transportation, and tourism drivers and other special transportation services, on bonuses and wage revisions as well as sanctions for educators recently announced by the government.

Protesters say there are many reasons why they are protesting and that they expect the President, Laura Chinchilla to offer them a solution because, to avoid extreme measures.

Many of the small transportation service drivers of small vans for students and tourists are claiming that the regulations put in place for private transportation are completely unfair and requirements from the Public Transportation Council who disseminate legal operating permits are not following any particular guidelines and are granting permits to whomever they choose, which according some is a “corrupt process”.

TCRN reports in the area say that “several” protesters are converging on the presidential House.

The Costa Rica News (TCRN)
San Jose Costa Rica