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Gustavo Petro


Gustavo Petro Urrego is a Colombian leftist politician member of the Alternative Democratic Pole, currently working as Senator in the Congress of Colombia. At a young age he fought for the 19th of April guerrilla movement (M-19) and later demobilized with the group's full demobilization. He then joined the newly established Alianza Democratica M-19 political movement.

Petro studied in the Colegio de Hermanos de La Salle where he founded the student newspaper Carta al Pueblo (Letter to the People). At the age of 18 he became a member of the "19th of April" (M-19) guerrilla movement involved in mililtary and political duties. During his militancy in the group, Petro became a popular leader and was elected in 1981 as Ombudsman of Zipaquira, and later as councilman for this same city between 1984 and 1986.

After the presidential elections of April 19, 1970 the National Popular Alliance accused the National Front of electoral fraud. Four years later, in 1974, the 19th of April movement emerged as opposition to the bipartisan interests of the National Front. The (M-19) stole in 1978 the sword of El Libertador Simon Bolivar and some five thousand weapons from a military garrison: El Canton Norte. Petro, who was 18 at the time, is believed by some to have already proclaimed his militancy in the group and, having been elected councilman of Zipaquira, helped hide the weapons in the municipality of the city. However, there is uncertainty as whether the accusations are true or not, since there is no concrete evidence to make the claims against him valid. Years later the guerrilla movement began a peace process with the government.

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Las acusasiones de Petro (video)

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Una foto de Santiago Uribe, hermano del presidente, con Jorge Luis Ochoa, fue mostrada por Petro

Superintendencia de Vigilancia salio en defensa del Presidente frente al debate de Gustavo Petro

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Investigan a dos militares por espionaje a familia de Petro

Gustavo Petro in the official website of the Alternative Democratic Pole

Interview with Gustavo Petro

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