Colombia: Robbery at Andean Parliament Headquarters

On June 7, members of the Andean Parliament were robbed at the organization’s headquarters in Bogotá, Colombia. The Andean Parliament is the supervisory body of the Andean Community, a regional organization comprising Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru with the aim of reaching a “comprehensive development, more balanced and independent, through Andean, South American and Latin American integration.” The blog Planeta al día shared the news [es]:

Los ladrones se llevaron computadoras y bolsos de legisladores latinoamericanos que asistían a un foro en la sede central bogotana del Parlamento Andino (Parlandino)

Los asaltantes entraron al lugar cuando los congresistas habían salido del recinto para un descanso, según lo denunció la senadora paraguaya Ana María Mendoza.

The thieves took computers and bags of Latinamerican legislators who attended a forum at the Bogota headquarters of the Andean Parliament (Parlandino)

The assailants entered the place when congressmen had left the room for a break, as reported by Paraguayan Senator Ana María Mendoza.

On Twitter netizens posted their opinions, mostly rejecting what had happened, with the hashtag #Parlamentoandino.

Natalia A. Gómez (@NataliaAGR) wrote:

Esos ladrones del #ParlamentoAndino, nos hicieron quedar a los colombianos frente al mundo, como país altamente inseguro…Que pena

These theaves at the #ParlamentoAndino made Colombia look like an unsafe country in the eyes of the world…how sad

And César Herrera (@cesarherrera00) said:

Que pena con esas personas extranjeras que fueron víctimas de la delincuencia al interior del #parlamentoandino! @bogotá insegura!

How emberrasing that these foreigners were victims of delinquency inside the #parlamentoandino! unsafe @bogotá!

Andean Parliament Headquarters – Bogotá by MrKrako on Flickr (CC by 2.0)

Some, more daring, compared the Andean Parliament officials with the thieves:

Juan David Buitrago (@JuanDABuitrago) wrote:

Ladrones robando ladrones….. #ParlamentoAndino

Thieves robbing thieves… #ParlamentoAndino

Jimena Contreras, (@Azulitagirl86) said:

Robaron el #ParlamentoAndino ? y luego ellos no nos roban nuestros #impuestos? Mas #ladrones de cuello blanco!

They robbed the #ParlamentoAndino? well, don’t they rob our #taxes? More white-collar #thieves!

And MarceloGonzalez (@Diegomarcelo) asked:

Será que los del #parlamentoandino sintieron igual cuando los robaron, como el #pueblo cuando nos roba el gobierno? #losdilemasdelavida

Could it be that those at the #parlamentoandino felt the same way the #people feel when the #government steals from us? #life’sdilemmas

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