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Colombia guerrilla-turned-mayor bans guns from the streets of Bogotá | guardian.co.uk

As a member of the M-19 guerrilla group in the 1980s, Gustavo Petro, who was known as Comandante Aureliano, served 18 months in prison for illegally carrying a firearm. Now mayor of the Colombian capital, Bogotá, Petro is leading an experiment in banning guns from the streets of this city of eight million people, where firearms are part of the backdrop to everyday life.

Bodyguards on high-speed motorbikes whizz through traffic wielding machine guns, security guards at shopping centres pat down customers, and many public buildings have special sand-filled tubes for unloading pistols.

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