The two visible picket signs read, âJail for alimony is not a solution,â and âParents divorce, not children.â
November 25th, 2012 (InsideCostaRica.com) A group of over 60 people marched through Paseo Colon yesterday, with the message âwe are functional parents, not ATM machines.â
The march was to demand menâs rights, and to demand the creation of an institute that could provide them with protection and support when assaulted by their partners or facing unfair legal treatment.
The protest began at about 10:00am yesterday in Paseo Colon, and proceeded towards the central Park in San Jose. There, the group spoke about various problems that men face in a family environment.
Eugenia Quesada, director of the foundation âSupport to Men Instituteâ (FUNDIAPHO, in Spanish), said they are demanding the government to create an âInstitute for Men.â
âWe also want to eliminate jail for not paying alimony and child support, demand serious punishment for noncompliance of visiting hours (for parent-child visits), and we want the domestic violence act to be applied equally to both sexes, and not only to be for womenâs protection,â she added.
According to the director of FUNDIAPHO, they receive about 9 men per day requesting legal and psychological counsel.
Yesterdayâs march was dedicated to Isai Ramirez, a man who spent 6 months in jail because he was not able to pay 8 million colons (about $16,000) in alimony that he owed his ex wife. According to Quesada, facing jail, he ran and hid in the mountains to avoid arrest.
âWe want others to see the situations that many men go through, with domestic violence, child support and alimony payments that they canât make, as well as other situations,â said Quesada.
Both men and women participated in the march.