Colombia's President removes Bogota mayor
Published on Mar 20, 2014 11:41 AM
BOGOTA (AFP) - Defying international rights monitors, Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos on Wednesday dismissed Bogota's elected Mayor Gustavo Petro.
Mr Petro claims that the conservative Mr Santos is targeting him, a leftist former guerrilla, for political reasons.
Voicing his outrage, Mr Petro called for a general strike. "The Colombian people should go on general strike, and peacefully so," to reject the move, Mr Petro told a rally of about 1,500 supporters.
Judges from Colombia's top court on Tuesday upheld an Oct 28 order by the country's inspector-general removing Mr Petro from office over his handling of the city's garbage collection contracts.
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