COLOMBIA: The Strongman Falls

Citizens of Bogotá were hauled from their beds before dawn one day last week by the nervous jangle of telephones and the jubilant honking of auto horns in the streets. Joyous news swept the city; after a ten-day period of terror and near-revolution that saw more than 100 killed, President Gustavo Rojas Pinilla, 57, was out. The overwhelming combination of the Roman Catholic Church, rioting university students, the Liberal and the Conservative Parties and the country's tough-minded bankers and businessmen had brought the strongman tumbling down.

In his last week, every move...

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