Gerardo Molina Ramirez was a left wing writer, political scientist, and politician, rector of the National University of Colombia between 1944 and 1948, and of the Universidad Libre de Colombia. He was very active as academic and politician in the human rights movement and in the peace negotiations between the leftist guerrilla forces and the government of Colombia, during the presidencies of Belisario Betancur Cuartas and Julio Cesar Turbay Ayala. He is reputed to be involved in the violent events of the Bogotazo in which Fidel Castro was a minor figure. In 1982, he became candidate to the presidency of Colombia, backed by a center-left coalition.
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