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Chinchilla has faced one strike or protest per day since beginning of administration

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November 16th, 2012 ( The President of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla, has faced an average of at least one protest or strike every day since the beginning of her administration, according to the latest State of the Nation Report.


In 2010, there were 340 different civil protests and strikes.  By 2012, the amount grew to 632.


Chinchilla, who on many occasions has stated that she is governing “in difficult times,” has seen the largest number of protests and strikes in the last 17 years under her administration.


Researchers, however, say there isn’t a common link between the myriad of protests that have been occurring.  The protests seem instead to be related to a wide array of issues.


Francisco Barahona, an analyst, said that the discontent with all three branches of the government (Executive, Legislative and Judicial) is very clear.


Among many others, Chinchilla was faced with a 2-week strike by anesthesiologists working for the Costa Rican Social Security System.

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