Wikileaks: U.S. trained C.R. riot police during CAFTA protests

March 3, 2011

The United States embassy in Costa Rica provided logistical support and police training to local authorities to deal with civilians protesting the approval of the Central America Free Trade Agreement on Feb. 26, 2007, according to the latest WikiLeaks cables published by the daily La Nación.

Embassy staff agreed to rent 10 buses and provide transportation to police members into the main areas where outbreaks of violence were most likely to occur. Members of the embassy staff also supervised riot control training administered by Colombian police forces to the Costa Rican riot police.

Fernando Berrocal, former Public Security Minister, also allowed an unidentified expert in political affairs to participate in two meetings to discuss “pre-protest strategies” with local authorities.

Most of the training aimed to keep police forces from engaging in physical confrontation with the protesters, an objective that strengthened the government position, according to the cables. 

This cooperation took place while Mark Langdale was the appointed U.S. ambassador to Costa Rica.

Facebook Comments

You may be interested

A washing machine ocean and a city of sin at the Essential Costa Rica Surf Pro 2018 in Jacó
sports
1323 views
sports
1323 views

A washing machine ocean and a city of sin at the Essential Costa Rica Surf Pro 2018 in Jacó

Manuel Martínez - October 14, 2018

One of the things I like most about surfing is the constant change. You’ll be surfing the best waves of…

A look back at our 5 questions for Costa Rican photographer Ivannia Alvarado
Weekend Arts Spotlight
848 views
Weekend Arts Spotlight
848 views

A look back at our 5 questions for Costa Rican photographer Ivannia Alvarado

Elizabeth Lang - October 14, 2018

Our Weekend Arts Spotlight feature has profiled a lot of artists and gone through several changes throughout the years. One…

Heavy rains hit Costa Rica: two dead, one missing; another tropical wave expected to hit tomorrow, red alerts issued
News
14312 views
News
14312 views

Heavy rains hit Costa Rica: two dead, one missing; another tropical wave expected to hit tomorrow, red alerts issued

Alexander Villegas - October 13, 2018

Two people died and one is missing after a tropical wave and heavy rains swept through Costa Rica late this…