Gustavo Petro, a former guerrilla on the third attack on Casa Narió


The far-left leader was associated with M-19 before dedicating himself to politics, in which he had intense diatribes with lvaro Uribe.

Gustavo Petro after a first round win in Bogotás
Gustavo Petro, after winning in the first round in Bogota.Ferdinand VergheseAP
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They chose Barcelona to present their election program in Europe, and on stage, Oriol Junqueras and Juan Carlos Monedero were the opening acts. Last January the European tour, which included a meeting with Pedro Sánchez, was organized by Communist Party deputy and FARC adviser Enrique Iglesias in peace talks with the Santos government in Cuba. Also included in the voyage was an important stop in Rome. private meeting with the pope,

Although he tries to be perceived as a candidate without ideological biases who is able to unite all Colombians, in his third attempt to win the presidency, Gustavo Petro was not able to hide his tendency to the extreme left. Is. Although he declares that in the XXI century there is no longer any division between the right and the left, but now there are two large areas: “the politics of life and death.” in the first frame historical agreement, a movement created for this 2022 election, including the Democratic Poll, the Patriotic Union and the Colombian Communist Party. In “Death”, he includes lvaro Uribe and Absolute Right.

Despite his proposal to make Colombia a “power of love and affection”, he has tightened his speech and does not hesitate to brand Ivan Duque’s government as a “murderer” or imply that the Center U.S. candidate and traditional parties, the independent ‘Fico’ Gutierrez, was behind one of the alleged attempts to take his life.

Petro was born in Sinaga d’Oro, a town in the department of Córdoba, but soon the family moved to Zipaquir in Boyacá, in the center of the country, where he began his political career as a councilor and began his career as a councillor. Link to M-19 Guerrilla,

During his subversive period he adopted the nicknames ‘Aureliano’ and ‘Anders’, but it is not clear what role he played. According to Petro, he learned to use weapons, even though never shot a person And assured that when his comrades stormed the Palace of Justice in 1985, a terroristic act that killed more than a hundred people, he was detained and subjected to torture.

Marriage with vernica lcocer, member of a well-known family from the Caribbean coast, and father of five children from various unions, in 1989, after signing peace with the M-19, Gustavo Petro returned to citizenship and devoted himself entirely to politics done. He has been a congressman and a senator, and it was in the Senate where he began, he stood for debate against his oratory and the politics of lvaro Uribe, which he made the main focus of his diatribe.

Inspired by the popularity that his figure originated in left-wing circles, Aspired for the presidency for the first time in 2010, supported by Socialist Democratic Polls, a party he would later leave. After failing in his attempt, he was elected mayor of Bogota a year later, a position where he left a personal mark. Authoritarian, stubborn, brash, unwilling to listen to advice, he took controversial measures that deepened the divide between his followers and a wider social sphere, which he feared could turn the country into another Venezuela.

In 2018 he tried to win the Casa Nario again but Duke defeated him by a margin of two million, partly thanks to the millions who feel closer to Chavismo. Aware of this fear, during the campaign he signed before a notary public that he would never acquire private property. Economists are also concerned about some of his proposals, which they see as unforgivable and disastrous for public finances, such as the state hiring 30 lakh unemployed people if they cannot find work with minimum wages in the private sector.

A few days ago he announced at a rally that Rodolfo Hernández had become a millionaire because of being corrupt. Problem for Petro, who preferred to be an adversary ‘I Live’ Gutierrez, is that he can no longer call his opponent a Uribista or a member of the elite and general political class. From now on you have to change your strategy.

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