A 62-year-old girl was convicted on Monday of discrimination and harassment for making racist feedback about Colombia’s first black vp at an anti-government protest final 12 months.
Luz Fabiola Rubiano pleaded responsible to the fees and will likely be sentenced by the decide on Might 30. In Colombia, acts of discrimination are punishable by as much as three years in jail, though judges can change jail time with probation or home arrest.
The small enterprise proprietor from Bogota went viral in September after railing in opposition to Vice President Francia Márquez in a video revealed by a neighborhood news website. Rubiano protested earlier than the Colombian Congress and responded to a journalist’s query by insulting Márquez and Afro-Colombians.
“Monkeys rule us now,” Rubiano stated within the video, which remains to be out there on Twitter however has been censored by different platforms. “Francia Márquez is a monkey… what training can black individuals have, they steal, assault and kill.”
Prosecutors opened an investigation after Marquez’s attorneys filed a grievance.
Throughout a listening to, they accused Rubiano of inciting hatred and damaging the repute of Márquez and Colombia’s Afro-Colombian inhabitants whereas compromising their proper to non-discrimination.
Marquez grew to become Colombia’s first black vp final 12 months after serving to leftist Gustavo Petro win the presidential election. She has usually spoken out about racism in Colombia, which she believes is a part of the legacy of colonialism and slavery.