Bogotá police negotiate damages for graffiti artist murder days after Bieber graffiti scandal


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Diego Felipe Becerra was shot in the back at close range by Bogotá police for painting images like this one.

Bogotá police – enduring criticism for protecting Canadian rock star Justin Bieber while he spray painted graffiti on a Bogotá wall – offered compensation to the family this week of a Bogotá graffiti artist murdered by police.

Police gunned down Diego Felipe Becerra,16, in August 2011 while he painted a Bogotá wall. Police tried to paint him as the perpetrator of robbery. But it was shown that Becerra was shot in the back at close range and was unarmed.

Becerra´s family was offered some 500 million Colombian pesos as compensation, about $272,000 Cdn.

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Colombians are outraged that Canadian rock star Justin Bieber received police protection to spray paint graffiti on a tunnel wall.

Controversy raged this week after Colombians witnessed their police force protecting the privileged Canadian rock star while he painted a stylized Canadian flag – with a marijuana leaf replacing the maple leaf – while guarded by a team of Bogotá police.

For many Colombians the Bieber graffiti case has come to represent the privilege foreigners receive in Colombia while locals face persecution in their own country.

For more information please read: https://davidhogben.wordpress.com/2013/03/25/bullet-in-bogota-graffiti-artists-back-the-price-of-youthful-political-expression/

http://colombiareports.co/un-condemns-police-shooting-of-colombian-graffiti-artist/

http://www.worldcrunch.com/default/clapper-defends-nsa-with-a-casablanca-quote/nsa-spying-white-house-congress/c0s13916/

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About Connecting Colombias

Recently retired newspaper reporter with one foot in British Columbia, Canada, the other in Colombia, South America. Fascinated with Colombian culture, Canadian connections, and heroic efforts to return millions of displaced Colombians to lands stolen by paramilitaries, guerrillas and organized crime.

2 responses to “Bogotá police negotiate damages for graffiti artist murder days after Bieber graffiti scandal”

  1. colombiadiaries says :

    The injustice is stark. It is good that the family have been offered compensation but of course that can never bring back the son they lost in this brutal murder.

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