Those with complaints ready to march today

Depending on the weather, a good part of the morning and early afternoon today will seek International Labor Day marchers in the downtown to the Plaza de las Garantías Sociales behind the headquarters of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social.

Members of the Asociación Nacional de Empleados Públicos will be gathering in front of the Correo de Costa Rica main offices about 9 a.m. today. Elsewhere other groups will be organizing for a march up Paseo Colón to Avenida 2 and then to the legislative complex.

The Asociación Nacional de Empleados Públicos is seeking a show of support to defend the Caja, which it says has been taken over by corporate groups.

There is no barrier for special interests to join the march. Already motorcycle operators have said their goal will be to protest the state of obligatory insurance. A wide range of political and social opinions will be on display.

Also for labor day, the Unión Costarricense de Cámaras y Asociaciones del Sector Empresarial Privado said that national officials need to pay more attention to security and to the cost of living for the benefit of workers.

At 6 p.m. President Laura Chinchilla is scheduled to deliver her annual state of the country speech to an invited crowd mainly of politicians and diplomats. Much of the labor day march and Ms. Chinchilla’s speech will be televised.

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