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Colombians March in Support of Dismissed Bogotá Mayor

Written by Silvia Viñas On 13 January 2014 @ 15:27 pm | No Comments

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Supporters marched in Bogotá and in other major cities to support Mayor Gustavo Petro, who was dismissed [1] from his duties by Colombia's Inspector General Alejandro Ordóñez Maldonado and banned [2] from public office for 15 years.

Mike's Bogotá Blog [3]shares photos and an account of the march on January 10, 2014:

[...] the most widespread motive I heard for backing Petro was on general democratic principles: Ousting him this way, by an extremely conservative unelected official, was anti-democratic.

Kenneth Lowe in Colombia Reports [4] adds:

The former mayor is currently waiting for the inspector general to rule on [his] appeal. The United Nations and the Inter-American Court for Human Rights are also studying claims Ordoñez overreached his authority by removing the elected official from office.

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[1] dismissed: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2013/12/10/bogota-mayor-dismissed-barred-from-politics-over-imperfect-trash-collection/

[2] banned: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-25310963

[3] Mike's Bogotá Blog : http://mikesbogotablog.blogspot.com/2014/01/petros-march.html

[4] Colombia Reports: http://colombiareports.co/pro-petro-marches-mobilize-thousands-colombias-major-cities/

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