Pirate taxi drivers blocked a key intersection in Limón Tuesday over a dispute with traffic police policies.
The intersection provided access to the docks at Moín, said the Fuerza Pública. Traffic was frozen for about four hours starting at 10:30 a.m. when the taxi drivers began igniting materials that put the area under a haze of smoke. They also threw rocks at police and police vehicles.
The Fuerza Pública said that the drivers had had a discussion with officials of the Policía del Tránsito over some grievance. The details were not available, but the usual complaint by pirate drivers is that they are intercepted by police when they try to pick up passengers on the streets in
competition with licensed drivers.
Under existing rules, the unlicensed drivers can take passengers from point to point, but trolling for customers is prohibited.
One police officer suffered an injury when hit with a rock.
A protester was detained in that incident.
Shortly after noon the security ministry’s Unidad de Intervención Policial, the riot police, arrived. The drivers began to reconsider their position.
Eventually they heeded an ultimatum from police and dispersed. Firefighters moved in to extinguish the burning trash and other items that had been ignited.