The President of the Republic, Gustavo Petro, referred to the arrival of the young Gareth Sella as the new Vice Minister of Youth and validated his choice – Colprensa credit – Gareth Sella
The appointment of Gareth Steven Sella as the new Deputy Minister of Youth has caused controversy on social networks. The 26-year-old filmmaker has been accused of belonging to the First Line, a youth group that led the protests in the national strike in mid-2021, but was accused of committing serious attacks against members of the public force and the civilian population.
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Sella lost 90 percent of the vision in his left eye, after he was the victim, according to his testimony, of the impact of a rubber bullet fired by a member of the former Anti-Riot Squad (Esmad) of the National Police. Alleged to have been a participant in the Blue Shields, one of the factions of the Protestant group, the activist has been the center of strong questions on the networks.
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Contradictors of the president and the Minister of Equality and Vice President of the Republic, Francia Márquez Mina, questioned his appointment and linked him to organizations outside the law. Indications from which the young man himself, in the media, defended himself, and indicated that he is “an artist who is in resistance.”
However, on Tuesday, September 19, 2023, President Gustavo Petro Urrego, in his X (Twitter) account, spoke out after this choice and recalled the condemnation against the State for the case of another young man who lost his vision. , Cristian Rodríguez, who marched against the government of his predecessor, Iván Duque Márquez.
“While justice condemns a tyrannical government for taking away the vision by hurting the eyes of the young people who were protesting, certain press condemns the young people who lost their eyes just because it appointed one as part of the government,” said the head of state in his profile, @petrogustavo, just on the day he spoke at the United Nations General Assembly.
Likewise, he questioned those who have dared to put the magnifying glass in relation to the appointment of Sella, who reaches one of the five vice ministries of the newly created portfolio, and which has a budget of half a billion pesos. “They want them humiliated, tortured and imprisoned and they don’t want them governing,” Petro noted in his account.
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