Colombia celebrates bicentennial of independence

14:15, July 21, 2010      

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Colombia on Tuesday marked the bicentennial of its independence from Spain with a grand military parade on the main avenues of the capital city.

President Alvaro Uribe, President-elect Juan Manuel Santos and top military officials reviewed the parade by 10,000 troops from the army, the police and the navy.

The parade also included a fly-past of helicopters and combat planes. The military officers were dressed in uniform as well as in the costumes that the armed forces have worn in their 200 years of histroy.

"Today is a great day of freedom, for the freedom," National Police Director Oscar Naranjo said.

Smaller parades and a series of concerts were also held in different cities of the country.

The Colombian authorities also opened up a chest sealed 100 years ago at the country's centennial celebration.

The chest was opened at a ceremony hosted at the headquarter of National Archives in west Bogota, with the attendance of President Uribe, Bogota Mayor Samuel Moreno and members of the Local council.

Segundo Nieves, president of the district legislative body, told local radio Radio Caracol that inside the chest were "files, documents and photographs."

Nieves said the documents and photographs will go through "technical studies and will be exhibited."

On July 20, 1810, Colombia won independence. In 1819, Colombia finally proclaimed its independence from Spanish rule.

Source: Xinhua


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