The next Costa Rican holiday is July 25, the Anexión del Partido de Nicoya, and plans already are being made for a protest against the central government. Typically, on this day central government official meet in Nicoya to show their appreciation for a decision by locals in 1824 to join with Costa Rica and not Nicaragua.
Guanacaste area residents usually feel like stepchildren to other parts of the country, and this year the continuing drought has made tempers hotter.
Johnny Leiva and Juan Marín Quirós, both lawmakers from the opposition Partido Liberación Nacional said they met in Liberia with representatives of organizations there in tourism and agriculture. Their summary of the meeting was an echo of the wacky television anchorman Howard Beale in the 1976 movie “Network.”
The two lawmakers proclaimed: “Ya no aguantamos más,” roughly translated as “We’re not going to take it anymore.”
A protest is being planned for that day, the lawmakers said, citing what they said were dissatisfaction in many sectors that have peaked.
Marín was quoted in a release saying that nothing positive is happening in Guanacaste to resolve the grave problems that require investments and decisions by the executive branch.
He cited bad roads, unemployment, increasing poverty, the drought and 15 communities getting their water from tanker trucks.