Residents of Puntarenas Centro are promising to march Saturday to attract the attention of the government.
An announcement said that drugs, violence, the lack of a hospital, unemployment and abandonment by the central government are reason for the march.
The march is being organized by Luis Fernando Murillo, who is known in the community as the clown Albóndiga. He said the march will begin in the Parque de Barranca.
The march will end at the Pollo Real chicken outlet whose owner, William Salazar, was gunned down by a robber last week. The principal suspect had just been released from prison by officials who were complying with a judge’s order to reduce the jail population.
Murillo said that Salazar was killed for a couple of pieces of chicken and 60,000 colons, which is about $130.
“We cannot permit that they are killing us in this way. We do not have security. We do not have jobs. The drugs and the violence is growing in our beautiful Pearl of the Pacific, he said.
The local hospital was damaged heavily in an earthquake Sept. 5, 2012, and repairs are slow.