‘They didn’t kill Justin Bieber, so they can’t kill us either’


Controversial Canadian rock star Justin Bieber generated two of the most read news stories in Colombia over the past week.

Bogotá graffiti

Bogotá graffiti (Photo credit: saguayo)

The flood of graffiti artists who filled the streets and painted city walls in Bogotá, Medellin and Cali to protest the persecution they face by police and private security was the most popular story of the week in Bogotá´s El Espectador.

Graffiti artists, politicians and many in the general population were outraged that the members of the same police force which executed Diego Felipe Becerra, 16, an unarmed graffiti artist guarded Bieber and rerouted traffic so the Canadian celebrity could paint messages on a Bogotá tunnel wall.

The act touched a nerve in a society sensitive to the privileges received by the Colombian and foreign upper classes while lower classes are abused.

Bieber´s night with a Brazlian prostitute, with accompanying video, placed Number 7 in El Espectador´s weekly news roundup.

Stories of substantially more public importance such as the many investigations into former president Álvaro Uribe, finished only eighth in the weekly news roundup.

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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.

One response to “‘They didn’t kill Justin Bieber, so they can’t kill us either’”

  1. colombiadiaries says :

    Yes this Bieber business continues to be big news and has sparked some important debates – I’ve just blogged about it myself. It is good to draw attention to the important issues that celebrity shenanigans obscure, as you point out with regards to the Uribe investigations.

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