‘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.
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.