Controversy in networks after display of flag with Gustavo Petro’s face in African match: “Happy distracting”

Controversy in networks after display of flag with Gustavo Petro’s face in African match: “Happy distracting”
Controversy in networks after display of flag with Gustavo Petro’s face in African match: “Happy distracting”

During the final of the African Champions League, a flag appeared that displayed the face of the Colombian president, Gustavo Petro – credit @FutboliPolitica/X

During the final of the African Champions League, specifically on Saturday, May 18, a flag unleashed a whirlwind of reactions by displaying the face of the President of the Republic, Gustavo Petro. This unusual gesture took place in the stadium during the Tunisian Espérance match, where the fans paid tribute to people and nations in solidarity with the Palestinian cause, in the midst of the conflict with Israel.

The presence of the Colombian president in this sporting context did not go unnoticed, especially due to the role he has played in relation to the situation in the Gaza Strip between Israel and Palestine. This conflict is marked by a high number of victims, attacks from both parties and positions of political leaders. The Colombian president is a firm defender of the Palestinian cause, who supports and launches accusations against Israel, Therefore, he is one of the most criticized for his attitudes towards this conflict in the Middle East.

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In this way, once the images of the flag in the stadium were known and President Petro was the first to react. Through his It is because we have done something good. “Be on the side of justice and against disgrace.”

President Gustavo Petro highlighted that he was doing something right to have his face appear on the flag – credit @petrogustavo/X

The flag in question not only showed the image of Petro, but also that of a student, a Glasgow Celtic fan and a doctor, along with the flags of South Africa, Spain, Tunisia and Colombia in the background. This diversity of faces and symbols highlighted the breadth of solidarity expressed by Tunisia’s Espérance fans.

However, the reactions were not limited to the positive sphere. Senator María Fernanda Cabal, of the Democratic Center, expressed her opinion via X, referring to the event as a distraction and taking the opportunity to express condolences for the death of the president of Iran. Furthermore, he mentioned crimes of the Iranian regime.

“Happy distracting. I take this opportunity and extend my condolences for the death of the President of Iran, nicknamed “the butcher of Tehran.” “Get the handkerchief ready,” said the senator. Likewise, she added: “5,000 murders of opponents. A Guinness World Record.”

Senator María Fernanda Cabal expressed her opinion regarding the display of the flag, calling it a distraction – credit @MariaFdaCabal/X

On the other hand, the political activist José Miguel Santamaría Uribe, of the National Salvation Movement, condemned the presence of the Colombian president on the flag along with what he described as “international terrorists of the worst kind.””. This statement reflected a critical perspective towards Petro and his alleged association with individuals or movements branded as terrorists.

José Miguel Santamaría Uribe, of the National Salvation Movement, condemned the presence of Petro on the flag – credit @SANTAMARIAURIBE/X

Likewise, the director of the Department of Social Prosperity (DPS), Gustavo Bolívar, although he did not issue a direct comment, shared a message in which both the video of the flag and a message of support for the Colombian president were highlighted.

“In the final of the African League, the fans of the Tunisian club Espérance displayed flags in support of the Palestinian cause and in tribute to the victims. Among them appears the image of the Colombian president @petrogustavo and a Celtic fan (sic),” the publication reads.

Gustavo Bolívar, director of the DPS, shared a message in support of Petro after the display of the flag – credit @GustavoBolivar/X

These reactions, without including the numerous comments for and against the positions of the president, who has been accused on multiple occasions of anti-Semitism and inciting hatred, thus contradicting his speech of peace for the country with the guerrillas and subversive groups. Many point out that these words are an example of the head of state’s incoherence in his actions and expressions.

 
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