A bunch of ladies wearing costumes like these worn in The Handmaid’s Story took to the polls on Sunday to forged their vote in Costa Rica’s extremely contested presidential election.
The eight ladies dressed within the present’s iconic clothes, which relies on a Margaret Atwood novel, in protest of the presidential front-runner’s stance on ladies’s rights and homosexual marriage.
Fabricio Alvarado, an evangelical whose political inventory soared after he got here out strongly in opposition to same-sex marriage, had 24.9 per cent of the vote as of Monday.
A video displaying the ladies arriving at a voting centre in Heredia, simply outdoors the capital of San Jose, was shared on social media, together with pictures of the ladies submitting their poll.
Angelica Leon, one of many ladies participating within the protest, shared different photos on her Fb web page displaying assist for Alvarado’s closest competitor, Carlos Alvarado, a former journalist who served as labour minister below present President Luis Guillermo Solis.
“I imagine in an inclusive nation, that appears in the direction of the longer term,” she wrote in one other submit. “Let’s get out and vote, that is stunning!”
The group launched the next assertion explaining their protest:
We’re very fortunate. Nonetheless.
We grew up in a democratic and steady nation, the place media shops are used to speaking a few “fiesta electoral” (“electoral celebration”).
At the moment we rejoice, and we determined to make it a fancy dress celebration as nicely. Why? As a result of we wish to and we will. As a result of protest can be a type of celebration. That’s how fortunate we nonetheless are. We will fake to be a part of a famend work of fiction, within the face of a fundamentalist risk that’s something however fictitious.
We face a panorama the place the fabric circumstances for ladies have been a subject uncared for by media and most political events.
Most political proposals in the direction of ladies should do with caring for others, and an obvious obligation to breed.
Our obligation and participation as residents, nonetheless, transcends that.
We protest in favor of a secular state that celebrates all liberties as a result of there’s nonetheless a variety of work to do earlier than reaching true equality.
We vote for our rights. We vote for our security. We vote for our freedom.
At the moment we use our voices – as a result of we nonetheless depend on them and don’t plan on letting go.
The 2 main candidates maintain opposing stances on homosexual marriage, a problem that got here to dominate Costa Rica’s presidential marketing campaign.
The problem turned a spotlight of the marketing campaign following a January choice by the Inter-American Court docket of Human Rights that mentioned Costa Rica ought to permit same-sex couples to wed, undertake kids and revel in different rights afforded to married couples.
A latest ballot mentioned about two-thirds of Costa Ricans oppose same-sex marriage. The nation is majority Roman Catholic with an rising evangelical inhabitants.
Nonetheless, with Carlos Alvarado claiming 21.7 per cent of the vote with 94 per cent of the ballots counted as of Monday, it doubtless means the nation will head to a runoff to resolve who would be the Central American nation’s subsequent chief.
Costa Rican election guidelines state that if nobody within the 13-candidate subject finishes above 40 per cent, the highest two advance to a runoff that may happen April 1.
— With recordsdata from the Related Press
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