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Police block Costa Rica's main avenues and stores and offices shut as Barack Obama comes for Central America conference. Not everybody's happy about it.
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — US President Barack Obama’s visit here is a cause of excitement for Costa Ricans.
After all, he's the first US president to visit this small Central American country since Bill Clinton in 1997.
But it's also making some locals anxious.
For security, and to clear up normally traffic-choked roads, Costa Rican authorities put the capital city San Jose on virtual lockdown from early morning Friday, blocking main avenues and shutting offices, giving public employees the day off.
Some shops remained open. But employees and shopkeepers complained that they’re losing business because of the visit by President Obama, who's here to meet President Laura Chinchilla and to attend a conference with leaders of Central American countries and the Dominican Republic.
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