This Tuesday, President Gustavo Petro delivered a speech to the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Beyond his words, the protocols before the Colombian president’s intervention went viral on social networks as his counterparts and delegates paid no attention to him.
President Petro spoke after a five-minute break granted after the speech by Joe Biden, President of the United States. When time was up, delegates and leaders spoke among themselves while very few sat in their seats.
“The meeting will continue,” General Assembly President Dennis Francis said without receiving a response. When he realized he wasn’t attracting the audience’s attention, he banged the gavel to get the audience’s attention.
“Your Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen. The meeting continues. The Assembly will hear a speech by His Excellency Gustavo Petro Urrego, President of the Republic of Colombia. I ask for the record to accompany your Excellency,” Francis said.
“On behalf of the General Assembly, I have the honor to welcome His Excellency Gustavo Petro Urrego, President of the Republic of Colombia, and to invite him to address the Assembly,” Francis said, formally initiating the start of Petro’s speech, which however was very extensive. The majority was still not in office.
“They will say,” Petro told the board, which was also attended by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres.
The President was visibly uncomfortable and impatient and banged on his desk. Francis banged the gavel again to silence the audience.
Petro rubbed his face with his hand, visibly uncomfortable and annoyed by the situation in the audience.
“This is extraordinary,” Francis repeated twice, banging the gavel again to clear the air.
Since his requests were unsuccessful, the procedural director decided to reintroduce the Colombian president.
“Your Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen. May I ask the Assembly to organize the reception of the statement by His Excellency Gustavo Petro Urrego, President of the Republic of Colombia? “Thank you,” Francis tried again.
After almost five minutes without the attention of the assembly and still with a lot of noise, the Colombian president addressed the public.
Gustavo Petro revives the fight with Iván Duque in his speech to the UN, what did he say?
This Tuesday, from New York, President Gustavo Petro delivered his speech to the United Nations General Assembly, highlighting the wars in the world and the economic limitations to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In his speech, the Colombian president took the opportunity to review the fight with his predecessor Iván Duque on social networks.
“Then I arrived in Havana, a country that was unjustly blockaded. What a president of my country proposed and managed to be included in the list of terrorist countries just because it contributed to peace in Colombia,” Petro said, referring to Duque.
This is reminiscent of the fierce battle on social networks between President Petro and former President Duque over the Cuban regime.
“They condemn the Pinochet dictatorship, but they idolize the dictatorship of the Castros and their heirs. They remain silent in the face of the Russian genocide in Ukraine and legitimize the ELN’s crimes against humanity by calling them revolutionaries. They want to equate Israel’s democracy with Putin’s oppression and cast their opponents as versions of Hitler while justifying massacres, kidnappings and institutional takeovers for political reasons. “This is what demagogues are like, with their double standards,” Duque said in an X publication, referring to the current Colombian president.
“The Castros made sure the children had food, health and education, but you, Duque, bombed them. They believed that communism would die if children died; You thought so many stupid things. Perhaps the dictatorship of those who think it is a blessing to kill 6,402 young people and think that this is how communism would end is worse than that of the Castros. “I don’t care about those who think they are Democrats with the blood of Colombian and Cuban children on their hands,” Petro said on social media.