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April 17th, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) More political groups and leftist organizations are planning to protest against the visit of U.S. President Barack Obama, who will visit Costa Rica on May 3rd – 4th. This comes after Costa Rica’s New Socialist Party announced it would hold protests during Obama’s visit earlier this month.
The New Socialist Party, a group registered at the provincial level in Heredia, is inviting other political parties and student movements to join in protests during Obama’s visit.
Victor Artavia, president of the New Socialists, said that while Obama’s policy is slightly different from his predecessor, George W. Bush, the U.S. president still represents the “neoliberal” policies that his group objects to.
Artavia said that the United States still practices “economic blockades,” defends large financial corporations and acts as a “world policeman.”
Laura Morúa of the Workers’ Party confirmed that her organization would join the movement and also urged the country’s unions to do so as well. Morua said her party will demonstrate against NAFTA and the U.S. joint patrols in Costa Rican waters.
Rodolfo Ulloa, Executive Committee member of the Frente Amplio (Broad Front) said his party will not join the New Socialists protests because the party represents the “most radical left.”
However, Ulloa said that does not mean his party won’t protest the arrival of Obama, which his party may do with other social sectors such as those opposed to NAFTA.
Meanwhile, authorities have confirmed that Obama’s visit to Costa Rica is still on after Monday’s terror attack in Boston, and despite the possibility of street protests during his visit.
Editor’s Note: It should be noted that in Costa Rica, the term ‘liberal’ or ‘neo-liberal’ are used in a different context than in the U.S., as Costa Rica’s traditional politics are generally described as “social democratic.”