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“Let Today's Outcry Last For Over One Day"

By Emiliana Garcia


The samareños finished the march in front of the Police office. There, they protested for more security.

 

Over 150 Samara residents marched peacefully through the streets of their community to protest the murder of an Argentinean tourist, which took place on June 16th at a downtown hotel. The motto of the march was to ask for peace and safety.

The crowd departed from the Catholic Church at 11:45 a.m., first heading towards the Fuerza Pública's headquarters, where they protested: “Where is the Police? Come out! Come out!", however, the officers remained inside the police station throughout the activity. Then residents demanded answers from Nicoya Mayor, Marcos Jiménez, who was present throughout the march.

Jiménez gave a motivational speech, congratulating the community for organizing the peaceful march and saying, “a public officer has no response for the loss of a human life…my solidarity and support are with Samara…we cannot allow these acts of vandalism in Nicoya or in Costa Rica”. He also mentioned that he “is not pleased with the way security currently works in Samara", referring to the dissatisfaction felt by Samara's residents over the Fuerza Pública's actions, causing the crowd to respond with strong applause.

Many of those present expressed their anger over the impunity of previous murders in the area, where offenders are released by the Poder Judicial only years, or just a few months, later.

Tears and expressions of profound sadness appeared when Giancarlo Capponi, from the Samara Tourism Chamber, requested a minute of silence in solidarity with the Argentinean victim's family. Capone explained that the community's awareness has increased as a result of this traumatic event, asking people, “let today's outcry last for over one day!". 

The march was over by 1:00 p.m., leaving behind both the promises of a Mayor who agreed to install, by the summer of 2012, a security camera system, as well as a meeting with Mario Zamora, Security Minister, in order to seek prompt solutions.

   
 


Marcos Jimenez, Mayor of Nicoya (right) walked with the community during the march.

 

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