|A peace flag waves in front of Bogotá's Cathedral.|
|Marchers carry a banner down 26th St.|
Peace certainly is in the air in Colombia, with negotiations between the government and FARC guerrillas in Havana, Cuba "marching along" in the words of an official from the Arco Iris NGO.
Still, today's march wasn't without controversy. While Bogotá Mayor Gustavo Petro and other government officials participated, some conservative leaders refused to, because they consider the march's organizers to be a front for the FARC guerrillas. In fact, the march did have a decidedly leftist slant. I saw communist flags and lots of criticism of the government and big business, but nothing criticizing the guerrillas, who have and do commit wholesale human rights violations.
|The march included many Afro-Colombians. Their |
communities have been hit particularly hard by violence.
Altho the march wasn't about him, the event was planned for the 65th anniversary of the assassination of leftist leader Jorge Eliecer Gaitán.
|Ready to go?|
|T-shirts call for an immediate, bilateral cease-fire. The government has refused to agree to such a measure, believing that the guerrillas would use the opportunity to rebuild their strength and might not respect the agreement.|
|Riot police wait in a park in the Santa Fe neighborhood. They didn't have much to do, as the march was peaceful.|
|Ex-Senator Piedad Cordoba is one of many trying to inherit Gaitán's legacy.|
|A demonstrator displays a sign condemning foreign mining operations in Colombia.|
|A statue of a freed slave.|
|Flags with Gaitán's image flutter over Ave. Septima.|
|Parents with a banner condemning what they say was the killing of their son, an Army recruit, by the military.|
|Gaitán's tomb beside his home, which is now a museum.|
|'They will not pass.'|
|Peace on Board in the Callejon del Embudo.|
|The newly-built Centro de Memoria, about Colombian human rights violations, appeared to open its doors to the public.|
|After the march, rsesting in the Parque Nacional....|
|....and on Plaza Bolívar.|
|The signs says that hundreds of thousands of victims of Colombia's conflict live in Bogotá.|