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Miami-Dade Commissioners To Consider Naming A Street After Ex-Colombian President On House Arrest

 Álvaro Uribe Vélez
ROBERTO KOLTUN
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The Miami Herald
Former colombian president and senator Álvaro Uribe Vélez during a press conference in 2018.

Two Colombian activists exiled in Miami — Fabio Andrade and Jaime Flórez — have been asking a Miami-Dade County commissioner since late last year to “pay tribute” in some way in South Florida to former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe Vélez.

The problem? Since Aug. 4, Uribe has been under house arrest at his home in Bogotá for alleged fraud and witness-tampering.

Because of this, the proposal to name “Álvaro Uribe Way” a portion of Southwest 117th Avenue, between Bird Road and Coral Way, which was put on the commission’s agenda Tuesday, has become controversial: Colombians are divided between those who support the measure and those who oppose it.

Read more from our news partner at The Miami Herald.