|Petro supporters on Plaza Bolivar this evening.|
|Workers look upon the crowd from a City Hall window.|
|Guy Fawkes for Petro!|
Petro has a mediocre mayoralty, and an expected recall election early next year might very well have cut his term short. But by ousting Petro in a dubious fashion, Inspector General Ordoñez seems to be turning the mayor into a martyr and cult hero. The extremely conservative and very Catholic Ordoñez won't be sorry to see Petro, a one-time leftist guerrilla leader, go away.
During his speech, Petro charged that Ordoñez had met with conservative ex-Pres. Alvaro Uribe and other conservatives. This, Ordoñez' questionable decision feeds nicely into right-wing paranoia.
|A protester equates Ordoñez with Adolf Hitler.|
|In an ironic situation, riot police protect City Hall from the mayor's supporters.|
|Even the porta potties on the plaza spoke of Petro's achievements.|
|The Justice Palace's wall was covered with posters defending Petro.|
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours