Huge crowds in Costa Rica protest U.S. pact

By John McPhaul (read entire article)Sun Sep 30, 5:54 PM ET

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (Reuters) – More than 100,000 Costa Ricans, some dressed as skeletons, protested a U.S. trade pact on Sunday they say will flood their country with cheap farm goods and cause job losses.

  

Chanting “No to the free-trade pact!” and “Costa Rica is not for sale!” demonstrators filled one of San Jose‘s main boulevards to show their opposition against the Central American Free Trade Agreement with the United States.

“The trade deal is putting at risk our workers’ rights. We need an accord with the United States, but not this way,” said Juan Chacon, a 50-year-old computer technician.

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