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“We are all Limón,” President Rodrigo Chaves

“The right side of history is with the people. Thank you very much, Mr. President, because Limón has always fought alone. But today, you have come to fight with us,” Ana Janniel Matarrita, Mayor of Limón.

 

 

President Rodrigo Chaves speaks from the Municipality of Limón. Image Credit: Municipalidad de Limón.

 

“We are all Limón,” echoed Rodrigo Chaves, President of the Republic of Costa Rica, in a nationwide address. Chaves continued, “From the picturesque land of Limón, I extend warm regards and a message of hope to its residents. The opportunity is ripe. Now, it’s up to all of us to persuade lawmakers to grant this province the rightful use of its land – 27 hectares for a $854 million investment, promising over 20,000 jobs.”

 

 

President Rodrigo Chaves speaks from the Municipality of Limón. Image Credit: Municipalidad de Limón.

 

 

Rosalia Brown Young, a Deputy of Costa Rica, questioned, “How many more must leave Limón or perish before our nation acknowledges its plight? What has been given back to Limón in return for all it has contributed?”

Maria Marta Carballo Arce, another Deputy, emphasized the urgent need for a marina in Limón, rallying support for the cause. “We must fight for what is rightfully ours,” she declared, urging fellow Limonenses to join the struggle.

 

 

“Limon needs work for our families. Mr. President, we ask for work and a future for our children.” Image Credit: President Rodrigo Chaves speaks from the Municipality of Limón. Image Credit: Municipalidad de Limón.

 

 

Chaves criticized the comptroller’s office for hindering investment in Limón, stating, “The comptroller suggests finding $854 million elsewhere and enduring a lengthy tender process. But can Limonenses afford to wait? We need jobs, not just willingness to work.”

 

 

Ana Janniel Matarrita, Mayor of Limón. Image Credit: Municipality of Limon.

 

 

President Rodrigo Chaves speaks from the Municipality of Limón. Image Credit: Municipalidad de Limón.

 

Walter Cespedes, Mayor of Matina, emphasized unity against those benefiting from Limón’s decline, signaling a united front.

“We need to work together because the Government of the Republic has an absolute commitment to Limón, to providing opportunities for employment and development. There is no lack of willingness to work in Limón. What is lacking are jobs. The government will present this bill, and we will convene it on May 1st. I can fight this. I want to fight this. I will fight this. The question is, will we do it alone? Are we going to do it with you?” addressed Rodrigo Chaves to the crowd of Limonenses.

 

Watch Rodrigo Chaves and deputies speak in Limón:

 

 


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