COLOMBIA: Blades of Grass

As Colombia prepared to inaugurate a new President last week, political tension combined with winter weather to make the capital city of Bogota cold and clammy. The state of siege under which the Conservatives had elected their presidential candidate, Laureano Gómez, was still very much in force.

Where two months' ago military policemen had patrolled the streets in pairs, they now marched in groups of four, with two of them holding their cocked Mausers under their arms, barrels level, ready to shoot. To reinforce the brown-uniformed "chocolate soldiers," hordes of plainclothesmen roamed...

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