The Colombian Inspector General’s Office had suspended Medellín mayor Daniel Quintero on May 10 following a video which was interpreted as a sign of his support for presidential candidate and eventual winner Gustavo Petro. The suspension was widely condemned as a coup
The run-off presidential election in Colombia in June 19 is a rare opportunity for a left-wing breakthrough, which will help set aside the violent agenda that has so far been supported by the country’s elite
In addition to Quintero, many other representatives including the Mayor of Ibagué, Andrés Hurtado were also suspended from their positions for their political participation.
The frontrunner in the upcoming presidential elections, Gustavo Petro, has described the provisional suspension of Mayor Daniel Quintero as a “coup d’état in Medellin.” He has called on the citizens to mobilize in defense of democracy