Activist countries

Bolsonarism already places Petro’s Colombia among the “communist” countries

Q REPORTS – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has yet to comment on the victory of progressive Gustavo Petro in Sunday’s elections, but his far-right base has already put Colombia on the list of “communist” countries.

Lawmaker Eduardo Bolsonaro, one of the sovereign’s sons, was one of the most explicit and posted on his social media a map of South America on which Colombia was marked with the hammer and sickle symbol. , after confirming that it had been the first electoral victory of the left in this country.

– Advertising –

With this emblem, Venezuela, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina are also identified on the map, which, with their many shades, are ruled by leftist rulers.

“The responsibility of the Brazilian voter increases. It’s not just for Brazil anymore, it’s for the whole region,” Bolsonaro’s son wrote, in a clear allusion to next October’s elections in the country, in which his father aspires to be re-elected. that all the polls give Bolsonaro as the favorite. progressive Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

In the same vein, the adviser for international affairs of the Brazilian presidency, Filipe Martins, another of the ideologues of the ultra-conservative movement which supports Bolsonaro, also expressed himself on social networks.

“Faced with the advance of the extreme left in Latin America, with successive victories at the Sao Paulo Forum, our responsibility as Brazilians is greater. May God have mercy on us and give us the conditions to protect our country and our people,” the Bolsonaro aide said.

In the second round of elections held this Sunday, Petro obtained 50.44% of the vote, against 47.31% obtained by the populist Rodolfo Hernández, a businessman who presented himself as an independent under the umbrella of the League of Governors Anti-Corruption Movement.

What do we expect from Petro in Colombia?

– Advertising –

Senator and former guerrilla fighter Gustavo Petro came to power in Colombia with promises of greater equality and income redistribution. In this sense, investors in Colombia seek to measure how radical a government led by Gustavo Petro will be when it takes office on August 7.

The President-elect of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, with his Vice-President-elect, Francia Márquez

Petro won the ballot and became Colombia’s first left-wing president. Some of his plans will be relatively simple to implement, such as the dismissal of the management of Colombia’s national oil company. Other proposals, such as taxing wealthy landowners and declaring a state of economic emergency, will be limited by strong institutions like Congress and the Constitutional Court.

While there could be instability in financial markets with Petro leading in Colombia, few investors are betting that Colombia will follow in Venezuela’s footsteps in hyperinflation, expropriations and defaults.

Petro was born in Ciénaga de Oro, department of Córdoba (north), has five children and is married to Verónica Alcocer, who during this campaign has been very active on social networks and in the media supporting Petro’s goal, which during his youth was a member of the guerrilla group M-19, which emerged in 1970 after irregularities in the presidential elections.

– Advertising –

Having been a member of a subversive group is what a large part of Colombian society does not forgive him, despite the fact that his participation was never armed and that he was the one who promoted disarmament of this guerrilla warfare that later led to the drafting of the Political Constitution of Colombia in 1991, which he also helped to draft.

Who is Francia Marquez?

Francia Elena Márquez Mina is an Afro-Colombian human rights and environmental activist and lawyer, who is the elected Vice President of Colombia. She was born in Yolombó, a village in the department of Cauca. She first became an activist at age 13, when the construction of a dam threatened her community.

Francia Márquez, Colombia’s first black elected vice-president

Four years ago, Francia Márquez won the Goldman Prize, called the “Green Nobel”, for her fight against mining that was destroying the black community of La Toma, in her native country of Cauca.

– Advertising –