Military Abolition Day in Costa Rica
Military Abolition Day in Costa Rica is held on December 1. This event in the first decade of the month December is annual. Help us
The abolition of the Costa Rican army refers to the suppression of all the armed forces of Costa Rica carried out on December 1, 1948 after the end of the civil war of that year. The event in which the armed forces were abolished was held at the former Bellavista Barracks, today the National Museum of Costa Rica, and was headed by the president of the Founding Board of the Second Republic, José Figueres Ferrer.
Since the abolition of the army, the country has only resorted to military forces on two occasions: in 1955 to prevent an invasion from Nicaragua by expatriates and with the support of the Somoza government, and in 1965 when it sent 21 policemen as part of the Inter-American Peace Force of the Organization of American States during the U.S. occupation of the Dominican Republic.
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