by Juliana Rincón Parra
Men and women are getting their picture taken with hand-written signs stating, “We are all Karina” to show support for the Vice-Minister Karina Bolaños, who was dismissed after a video where she appears in underwear speaking to an undisclosed lover surfaced. Karina was black-mailed for years regarding this video, and once she stopped paying, the video was distributed to media and social networks, leading to her dismissal by President Laura Chinchilla.
The campaign aims to raise awareness about the situation of Karina Bolaños, who has the Costa Rican social network sphere asking: why has a female vice-minister been dismissed for something of a purely personal and intimate nature that is not related to her job ,while male ministers and other male government employees who have been denounced for mistakes and unethical (or corrupt) behavior have held the President's support.
On the Facebook page for the movement [es] more than 2500 people have liked it in less than 7 hours. And more than 150 pictures [es]have already been added as well.
The picture that seemes to have started the movement was posted by blogger and photographer Julia Ardón, who for the first few hours manually added the pictures into an album on her personal facebook. Now they are being added to the official group page by each supporter.
There is also a march being planned [es] for Saturday, August 11 to demand the restitution of the ex Vice-Minister:
Este próximo 11 de agosto, Costa Rica se va las calles a decir Tod@s Somos Karina! No al machismo en Costa Rica, no más atropellos a nuestras mujeres y no más abusos de este gobierno! Desde el Parque Central hasta Casa Presidencial daremos la cara los que unimos al movimiento Tod@s Somos Karina, toda mujer costarricense merece respeto, tu madre, tu hermana, tu tía, tu abuela y tu vecina! Los esperamos a las 09:00 am! Exigimos la restitución de la Ex Viceministra!