Vandals maintain blazing blockades on key highways in Limón

The weekend has been one of disorders in Limón where tractor-trailers have been attacked and there was a continual series of vandalism and tire burnings.

The Fuerza Púbica detained seven persons suspected of such vandalism Saturday night and early Sunday morning. None appears to be a striking union members, and at least two were minors.

Police said they detained some individuals with home-made bombs

Members of the striking dock workers union deny that they are behind the vandalism and road blockades that have been going on since late Wednesday when police took over the Limón docks. Some of the adults detained Saturday night and early Sunday had criminal records. Two were detained late Friday trying to distribute tires to be burned at various road blockades.

Truckers reported attacks by gangs who seemed to be attempting to torch the vehicle. One tractor-trailer was torched late Thursday. The trucks are bringing loads to be shipped out at the port of Moín.

A variation there late Saturday and early Sunday was the use of bits of metal to puncture truck tires. One trucker reported a blowout  on the approach to the Moín docks but said he rode on the tire until he came in contact with a police patrol.

There has been no reports of negotiations between Costa Rican officials and strikers, members of the  Sindicato de Trabajadores de Japdeva y Afines Portuarios. Japdeva, the Junta de Administración Portuaria y de Desarrollo Económico de la Vertiente Atlántica, reports that operations on the docs are normal now despite the walkout. Union members disagree.

President Luis Gullermo Solís has been firm in saying that a key clause of a contract with APM terminals will not be renegotiated. APM Terminals, a Dutch firm, has an agreement for a concession for which it will build a $1 billion container handling facility. The strikers call this an illegal monopoly. They fear less work for them through the public docks at Moín.

Union members walked out Wednesday morning, and the Fuerza Pública took over the docks about 6 p.m. the same day. At the Moín docks police detained 45 men and eight women. At the Limón docks 13 men were detained as well as two women.

Police officers spent much of the evening hours as fire fighters putting out blazes around Limón. Tires and garbage were the principal fuels.  In some cases, officers fired tear gas to clear the vandals.

Police officers spent much of the evening hours as fire fighters putting out blazes around Limón. Tires and garbage were the principal fuels. In some cases, officers fired tear gas to clear the vandals.

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