Costa Rica protests against negotiations for an agreement between the government and the International Monetary Fund – Prensa Latina

In a video posted on their Facebook profile, leaders of the National Association of Public and Private Employees (ANEP) specified that the focus will be in front of the headquarters of the Central Bank of Costa Rica, in this capital, because they are making decisions there. That affects the poorest classes and even the middle class in the country.

They also asked Costa Ricans to join the demonstrations of the members of the National Resistance Movement, which recently issued the 15 reasons for returning to the streets in a document bearing the phrase because the people are sovereign and must be heard.

Among them are those because they emerge as a constitutional right before a government that is insensitive, repressive, and unable, tainted with corruption and rule by the economically powerful classes, and the government and the legislature are engaged in an agreement with the International Monetary Fund that will generate more debt, unemployment, more poverty and more inequality.

It ensures that far from attacking evasion, tax evasion, customs smuggling and corruption, the government is cruel against our workers, the productive sector and our rule of law, and they add because the country requires a real plan for economic revitalization.

The rich must pay taxes like the rich and the poor like the poor; Cooperatives and solidarity societies should not be taxed because the middle and lower working class saves there and this means another indirect tax on working class salaries and they do not accept the sale of state assets are other reasons for protest.

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In September and October 2020, movement members organized demonstrations as roads were closed across the country forcing the government to withdraw its first negotiating proposal for a $ 1.75 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund.

But last December, after a multi-sectoral dialogue table to find solutions to the country’s economic and social crisis, for which the government had not brought this agreement with the International Monetary Fund, President Carlos Alvarado announced – through an interview with a local press outlet – that the negotiations would resume. With this financial entity.

After the first technical agreement with the International Monetary Fund last January to obtain the aforementioned loan, the Legislative Council is currently discussing several bills related to those negotiations, which were rejected by the MRN and labor groups.

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