Another roadblock gets tear gas from police

Yet another group of unhappy residents blocked a roadway Monday, and Fuerza Pública officers ended up firing tear gas shells and making eight arrests.

This time the protest was in Palmar Norte at the point where the Costanera Sur and the Interamericana highway meet. Traffic was blocked for several hours.

The residents said they were protesting the government’s failure to deliver on unspecified promises.

Sunday officers used tear gas to break up a four-day-old blockade of the municipal dump in Pérez Zeledón. Residents there wanted the dump to stay closed.

In both cases there were youngsters in the crowd of protesters.

Monday residents used two buses to block the route. Some men struggled with police when they were arrested.

Officers were in riot gear with see-through plastic shields.

The highways are key north-south arteries for the country.

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