COLOMBIA: Gunfire at Midnight

One midnight last week, Boyacá's Conservative Representative Carlos del Castillo, 30, rose in Colombia's Congress to denounce the Liberal Party. Warmed by a visit to the congressional bar, and fighting mad at the Liberal majority's bill to advance the presidential elections from 1950 to 1949, del Castillo shouted insults so fast that radio listeners could not understand him. Baby-faced Liberal Gustavo Jiménez Jiménez, also from Boyacá, tried to interrupt. Said del Castillo: "I'm ready to listen to Representative Jiménez on condition that he talk like a man as we are used to doing in Boyacá."

Jiménez, who had also been to...

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