Colombia: Uribe Met by Protestors During Visit to Washington

The Colombia Herald writes about President Alvaro Uribe's recent visit to Washington, where approximately 100 protestors greeted him with cries of “assassin!” in reference to the alleged ties to paramilitary forces. Protestors also were opposed to any free trade agreement with the U.S. Flickr users b.wu and A Look Askance both have complete photo sets of the protest.


  • […] On 2 May, Colombian President Álvaro Uribe Vélez started a three-day visit to Washington, seeking support for Plan Colombia and the Free Trade Agreement’s approval in U. S. Congress. But he wasn’t really that welcomed. On the first day, Uribe came across dozens of demonstrators outside the American Center for Progress. He wanted to “discuss” issues with them… an attitude quite different than the one he holds towards the opposition in his own country. The same man, who said he’d be a “guerrilla man” and a “paramilitary” with a gun, not a mediocre one, all the same week, was called by the demonstrators an ‘assasin’, accusing him of being responsible for the deaths of around 400 union leaders in Colombia. […]

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