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Petro invites homeless people to dinner at the presidential palace at Christmas

Hundreds of street dwellers went this Saturday to the Casa de Nariño, the presidential headquarters of Colombiaas guests at a Christmas dinner offered by the president, Gustavo Petro, who, however, did not attend the event.

“President Gustavo Petro sends his greetings and he has asked that the doors of his house be opened for all of you in this ChristmasPetro’s chief of staff, Laura Sarabia, told the guests, reaffirming the president’s “commitment” “to continue working for a prosperous and peaceful Colombia.”

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The event, which took place in the Plaza de Armas in front of the president’s residence, was attended by the mayoress of Bogotá, Claudia López, who argued that “in Bogotá we are all a family, we are all equal, we all take care of ourselves and we love each other with a lot of solidarity.”

“To you, who are the best inhabitants of Bogotá, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,” said the mayoress.

Petro, however, did not attend the event because he is spending the day with his family and will send a message to the nation tonight.

The president asked that “have a great dinner with you and that we have this detail of sharing the government of change that you are”the chief of staff told the street inhabitants who attended.

This is a custom that Petro had already done when he was mayor, and which is intended to show the president’s closeness to this population, which was now able to enjoy a dinner based on suckling pig and clothing and shoe kits, “as a commitment to dignify the life of this population that has historically been discriminated against”.

The day included a play, artists like Juan Carlos Celedón and a choir to sing carols and pray the novena, a very Colombian tradition in which families come together to share, eat and read passages from the Bible.

Source: Elcomercio

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