bruar REPRODUCED AT THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES DECLASSIHED Authority Stateletter Tahz o me NARS Date 2498 6 Legation, who witnessed the affair. Clippings concerning the activities of the so called polacos. suspected of being communistic agitators, and a handbill circulated by the workers Union of San José, are also enclosed.
Since the important parts of these articles have been embodied in this despatch, translations have been omitted.
The parade is reported to have started from the headquarters of the munion de Trabajadores (Workers Union) and disbanded at the same place. Participants appeared to be laborers although several local intellectual radicals, including the writer and teacher, Carmen Lira, are understood to have marched with them. The crowd followed a route through the center of the ofty and marched silently, with bared and bowed heads. The numerous spectators of the parade were considerably moved and impressed by its silent and orderly character. The almost military precision of the marchers also provoked comment.
In commenting on the affair, LA TRIBUNA stated on February 3, 1932 that while numerous complaints against the local authorities for permitting the demonstration had been registered, it had been learned that the President of the Republic himself had authorized it, on the promise of the organizers to maintain order, and that he was entirely satisfied by the way the parađe had been conducted.
LA TRIBUNA also called attention to the ceaseless vigilance exercised by the Costa Rican police authorities for some time past over communist agitators,