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In his first act as president, Gustavo Petro pays tribute to the guerrilla symbol

Em primeiro ato como presidente, Gustavo Petro presta homenagem a símbolo da guerrilha
| Photo: Reproduction / Colombian TV

07182505Gustavo Petro took office this Sunday as Colombia’s first left-wing head of government, in front of a crowd of supporters in Plaza de Bolívar, in Bogotá.0718250507182505″I promise to God and I promise to the people to faithfully fulfill the Constitution and laws of Colombia,” said the elected official in June of this year, after winning the second round over businessman Rodolfo Hernández.07182505

The presidential sash was placed on Petro by senator María José Pizarro, daughter of Carlos Pizarro, who was a companion of the now president in the guerrilla Movement 19 of April (M-19)). Pizzarro was assassinated in 1990, when he was leading the vote in the presidential race. Petro also wore a “Peace Dove” brooch, which symbolizes one of the main actions intended by the government, to achieve “total peace” in Colombia.

07182505 As a first act, already sworn in, the president ordered that the Sword of Simón Bolívar, symbol of the guerrilla struggle in Colombia, be taken to the place of the ceremony. Hours earlier, Petro’s wish had not been granted by the country’s then president, Iván Duque.07182505 The Sword of Bolívar was stolen in 1100 from the Quinta de Bolívar museum, in the center of Bogotá, by the guerrilla to which Gustavo Petro belonged, being returned after his demobilization. “This sword has so much history, and today one more will be added: why it took so long to be brought to this square”, said Petro.07182505

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