Tico Times: Costa Rica celebrates 71 years without an army
Costa Rica on Sunday is celebrating the 71st anniversary of the abolition of its army.
Former President José Figueres Ferrer abolished the armed forces in Costa Rica on Dec. 1, 1948 following the end of the civil war that brought him to power.
Vice President Epsy Campbell commemorated the anniversary during an event at the Plaza de la Democracia in San José on Sunday afternoon.
“Seventy-one years ago, Costa Rica ended the last confrontation in history in which Costa Ricans used weapons to resolve our differences,” Campbell said. “President Figueres not only abolished the army via decree, but handed over the keys of the barracks to the newly founded University of Costa Rica, so that it would later become in the National Museum.”
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WNU Editor: Costa Rica is definitely a rarity in Central America.