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31 arrested during World Cup celebrations

It wasn’t all good clean fun at the Fuente de la Hispanidad on San José’s east side, where thousands of Costa Ricans gathered Sunday night to celebrate their national team’s victory over Greece. Among the flag waving and horn honking there were also fights, drug deals and robberies.

“We will be doing the same thing next Saturday,” said Juan José Andrade, director of the police force. “We want to caution anyone who goes out to celebrate that there are people out there who are trying to take advantage of people who are celebrating and not paying attention to their belongings.”

Here is a breakdown of the police action last night:


Phone calls to police stations around the country


Arrests (mostly for disorderly conduct)


Arrests for attempting to insight violence in the middle of the Rotonda de la Fuente de la Hispanidad


Doses of crack seized


Bags of marijuana seized


Knives seized


Gun seized


Men injured in fights 

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