|Soldiers attacking the Justice Palace in 1985.|
|Bogotá's City Hall: New mayor |
Gustavo Petro was a leader of the M-19 guerrillas.
|The new Justice Palace building.|
Col. Alfonso Plazas Vega, who commanded the counterattack, was convicted of violating human rights, but several other military officers were tried and acquitted.
|A plaque in City Hall condemns |
the guerrillas' 1985 attack.
Military officials ask how it is that the guerrillas, who started it all, are getting off scott-free, while the military who retook the palace are being tried and asked to apologize.
Retired military officials have rejected the court's ruling. (The court also ordered ex-Pres. Betancur's role to be presented to the International Criminal Court.)
|A plaque on Seventh Ave. commemorating the people who |
disappeared during the military counterattack.
"Ordering the Army to carry out an act of public contrition for an attack initiated by guerrillas is both humilliating and excessive," El Tiempo wrote.
ordenar al Ejército que haga un acto de contrición pública por una toma de inspiración guerrillera es tanto humillante como excesivo.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours