The still shocking removal of Gustavo Petro as Bogotá mayor yesterday added to the recent electoral evidence that Colombian paramilitary-political alliances are flourishing, certainly more than their left-wing critics.
Petro, it seemed, had won. He and his supporters were ready to celebrate. Then, everything changed. Changed completely.
The courts turned a final thumbs down Tuesday to a legal challenge of the mayor´s firing. Then in the middle of the night an international human rights court seemed to ride to the mayor´s rescue when it recommended protective measures which many assumed would prevent Petro´s firing.
President Juan Manuel Santos had indicated earlier he would respect the human rights court´s recommendations. Many thought he would.
Then, while thousands gathered in Colombia´s political centre, La Plaza de Bolivár, to celebrate the supposed victory, Santos struck a rapid, hard blow against Petro and his supporters.
He ignored the Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos´s recommendation…
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