Bogota continues to surprise me and I shot some photos today as I enjoyed the sun, the Sunday ciclovia and areas around Chapinero and the Macarena. The creativity, the politics and the artistry that perhaps goes unnoticed by many as they bustle hurriedly from work and home again. Bogota is a phenomenal location to photograph, the crisp high altitude air, the mountains and the fantastic blend of people. There’s plenty going on and we, as expats and foreigners, have the obligation to get involved. And now, it’s time to march for peace.
On April 4th past the campaign against landmines was in full swing and people were asked to roll up a trouser leg in support of those who have been injured by such heinous and damaging weaponry.
On Tuesday April 9 there will be a massive march taking place, not only attended by the usual suspects President Santos, Mayor Petro and so on, but also former Brazilian President Lula, in support of peace and the victims of violence in Colombia. The march has been billed as “Ahora Si la Paz; Dia Nacional de la Memoria y la Solidaridad con las Victimas.”
For those interested, from roughly 10am there will be marchers mobilizing along the Calle 26 and then heading up on to the Carrera 7 and towards the Plaza de Bolivar. For more information see the official website at www.bogota.gov.co
As always, please exercise common sense when attending any rallies or marches here and for further information read my piece on “Demonstrations in Bogota“.
So, enjoy the artistry and embrace the solidarity that will be overwhelming on Tuesday 9, as hopefully a good turnout will send the message to those dialoguing in Cuba that the anachronism that is the conflict in Colombia must come to an end. The violence has run its course. This may be the biggest peace rally in Colombia since the Un millón de voces contra las FARC march that took place in February 2008.