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University of Costa Rica students protest, block streets in San Pedro

November 18th, 2012 (InsideCostaRica.com) Yesterday, at 2:00 pm, a group of approximately 80 students blocked the street in front of the University of Costa Rica (UCR), demanding the resignation of high-ranking officials in the Ministry of Security.

 

According to Eduardo Gonzalez, internal officer at the university, the university rector, Henning Jensen, asked that the gates in front of the Faculty of Law be closed, in order to avoid any disturbances from occurring inside the university.

 

The students said they were conducting a peaceful demonstration, and said that they would not move or unblock the street until receiving a response from the Government.

 

At around 3:30 pm, however, the student protesters dispersed as it began to rain.

 

One protester said that this is the first of several protests the group is planning.

 

The transit police began to remove objects that the group had used to block the streets in order to get traffic flowing, while the protesters met in the amphitheater of the Faculty of Law.

 

With the demonstration, students were demanding the removal of the Ministry of Security, Mario Zamora; the vice Minister, Celso Gamboa, and Raul Rivera, San Jose Police chief.

 

They were also protesting against what they call repression of civil protests, the non-reelection of the Magistrate, Fernando Cruz, the “Gag Law,” and the government’s actions regarding social problems facing the country.

 

Another group of about 10 students also blocked the  “circunvalacion” in front of the San Pedro Mall.  They also dispersed as it began to rain.

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