Rodents in Colombia senate send lawmakers scurrying

A white lab mouse Symbol copyright Science Picture Library Image caption One senator said the rodents have been white lab mice just like the mouse pictured, while another insisted it was once a white hamster

“Rats!” is a well-liked insult hurled a politicians idea to be corrupt in Colombia.

But in preference to shouting the word from the visitors’ gallery as protesters have prior to, an unidentified particular person threw reside rodents onto conservative senators on Tuesday.

The reaction to the rodents was varied.

Some senators shrieked and laughed and took their mobiles out to movie the animals while others stormed the gallery to find their owner.

Senators including the green Party’s Angélica Lozano attempted to take footage of the animal hiding at the back of a monitor. Senators can also be heard seeking to establish the animal with one insisting that its tail is conventional of a hamster.

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La puerta de las barras están cerradas. L. A. plenaria suspendida, mientras revisan las cámaras de seguridad para identificar quien arrojó los angeles bolsa plástica negra.

Mucha demora para revisar los angeles cámara de seguridad

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Ms Lozano were co-presiding the plenary consultation when the incident came about. She lightly condemned the throwing of the animals pronouncing: “We admire freedom of expression, but you cannot throw animals. It displays an absence of appreciate.”

The rodents had been launched as senators have been approximately to talk about whether to strip a justice of the peace accused of corruption of his judicial immunity.

Senator Santiago Valencia told Colombian media that four white mice had been thrown from the gallery within a plastic bag stuffed with confetti “which acted like a sort of parachute”.

Mr Valencia stated that he managed to grab the bag and shut it even as 3 of the rodents were nonetheless inside however that one had already escaped.

Witnesses stated the target of the protest used to be former President Álvaro Uribe and his colleagues from the conservative Democratic Centre party.

Mr Uribe climbed the steps to the visitors’ gallery to research at the same time as different senators milled about and one took the opportunity to finish his sandwich.

The person who threw the bag has no longer yet been recognized.

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