San José and San Ramón marchers seek freedom from crime

The Interamericana Norte bridge over the Río Aranjuez has been reduced to one lane due to repairs being made on the bridge deck. Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes officials expect a flood of vehicles today due to the three-day weekend. They have ordered police to the location to control traffic but they also urge motorists going to or from Guanacaste to consider using the ferry service in Puntarenas, Paquera or Naranjo. Photo: Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes

Citizens in San José and San Ramón marched against criminality Sunday.

In San José the march was organized by the family and friends of Alejandro Chacón, the 23-year-old motorist who was gunned down June 24 in San Pedro.

In San Ramón about 100 persons marched to promote a specific anti-crime agenda.

The San José march was from the Parque de La Merced to the Plaza de la Democracia. An estimated 400 persons participated. Among them were family and friends of other persons who have been victims of crimes.

Chacón was the son of Rubén Chacón Castro, a lawyer who is prominent in defending the rights of native peoples.

An announcement said they march was to show that criminals are fewer in comparison to the number of Costa
Ricans who want a better country.

The San Ramón march included Fuerza Pública officers, boy scouts, representatives of the chamber of commerce and others, said a resident who was there.

The participants are seeking a flagrancia court in San Ramón to counter what they called the catch and release of criminals. The flagrancia courts handle cases where the criminal has been caught red handed or nearly so.

San Ramón residents are circulating a petition seeking a flagrancia court addressed to the Corte Suprema de Justicia.

Marchers also hear that a local security commission was being formed to coordinate police, the municipal officials. security personnel and citizens.

There was a wave of murders in San Ramón and some residents believe most of them were related to the drug trade and the expansion of territory by San José-based gangs.

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