September 13th, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) This year, there will be two torches in Cartago.
The Torch of Liberty arrives from Nicaragua today, on its way to the city of Cartago.
President Laura Chinchilla will receive the Torch upon its arrival in the city and will lead the country in the singing of the national anthem at 6 p.m.
However, not all Cartago residents are welcoming the President.
Community organizations will hold their own parallel event in which they have declared President Chinchilla ‘non grata,’ and will have their own torch, in protest of Chinchilla’s government.
Organizers said that the National Forum, union organizers and other community organizations from across the country would be on hand to support them.
Organizers said that President Chinchilla has “broken all her promises” such as the construction of a new hospital, and has abandoned them.
The organizers said it would be a peaceful demonstration to repudiate “political practices that ignore the popular will.”
This year also marks the 450th anniversary of the city’s founding, and organizers said they hope their actions would revive democratic traditions that existed during the time of the city’s founding.