COLOMBIA: Revolution of the Right

After almost half a century of unbroken constitutional government, revolution came to Colombia last week. It was a revolution of the right, carried out by the government in office.

With the election of his successor less than three weeks away, Conservative President Mariano Ospina Perez proclaimed a state of siege. In a volley of swift decrees he also: 1) indefinitely suspended Congress (which has a Liberal majority); 2) took away the power of the supreme court's Liberal majority to nullify any of his acts; 3) imposed censorship on press, radio and cables; 4)...

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