Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Fun With Firepower on Plaza Bolívar

Anything wrong with this picture? Tanks, what wonderful things to play on. 
As part of the celebration of Colombian independence day, the 20th of July, the military rolled out tanks and a helicopter onto Bogotá's Plaza Bolívar.

With an ongoing armed conflict, Colombia's military plays a more important role than do the militaries of many other nations. However, it's a deadly business, rather than the fun and games that war looks like on a sunny day here on the plaza.

Can I drive one of these someday?

A military helicopter in front of Monserrate and the Cathedral. 

This was the helicopter used in the 2008 Operacion Jaque, which freed 15 hostages held by the FARC guerrillas. 

By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours

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