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Sunday, August 15, 1999 Published at 12:42 GMT 13:42 UK


World: Americas

Picture gallery: Mourning Jaime Garzon



As Colombia buries one of its best-loved comics, Jaime Garzon, tens of thousands of mourners gathered in the capital Bogota to pay their final respects.


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The body of the 40-year-old journalist, entertainer and political activist is carried into the National Congress.


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Thousand of Colombians screamed for peace during his funeral. Jaime Garzon had been working to forward peace efforts with leftist rebels when he was shot dead on Friday.


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A shoeshine boy pays his last respects at the National Congress building where Jaime Garzon's body lay in state.


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Outside congress police were on duty as fans of all ages converged on the building


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Colombians hold signs reading "No More" as they demand an end the country's long-running civil war


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Jaime Garzon was killed while in his car on Friday. He had recently received death threats from right-wing paramilitary militias.




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