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Colombians March in Support of Dismissed Bogotá Mayor

Categories: Latin America, Colombia, Politics, Protest

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.