Colombia: Gustavo Petro denounces plan to attack his life

According to polls, Petro and Federico “Fico” Gutiérrez are emerging as favorites to contest the Presidency in a second round.

Colombian presidential candidate Gustavo Petro, of the leftist Historical Pactdenounced this Monday (05.02.2022) that the criminal gang The range allegedly planning an attempt on his life, for which he suspended his political campaign for the departments of the tourist region of the Eje Cafetero (downtown).

This was expressed in a statement by the Petro campaign, in which it assured that “the visits to the departments of the Coffee Region scheduled for next May 3 and 4 were suspended for security reasons.”

The information added that, “according to the work carried out by the (Petro) security team that received first-hand information from sources in the area, the criminal group The range would be planning to attempt against the life of the presidential candidate”.

The range is -according to the document- a paramilitary organization dedicated to drug trafficking and contract killings that operates mainly in the departments of Quindío, Caldas and Risaralda and “has achieved broad control over the regional and political civil authorities of the Coffee Region.” The complaint indicates that some members of the Police and Army in the area are supposedly part of that criminal group.

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The document concludes by saying that the information on the attack “was verified by the analysis and investigation team of the Petro President Campaign“, which “had access to highly credible sources and to some members of the police institution, who stated that a member of the SIJÍN (Criminal Investigation Section), who would have participated in the murders of youth leader Lucas Villa, would also be part of the crime plot.”

Villa died in May 2021 after being shot by unknown assailants in a sector of Pereira during a day of demonstrations against the Colombian government. The young man became a benchmark for peaceful protests against the Government of Iván Duque for his educational talks and his cheerful character.

According to recent surveys, Petro and Federico phyco Gutiérrez, from the right Team for Colombiaare emerging as favorites to contest the Presidency in a second round.

The survey by the INVAMER firm published the previous week indicates that Petro has 43.6% of the voting intentions for the first round, which will be held on May 29, and is 16.9 percentage points ahead of Gutiérrez, who reaches 26.7%, with which both would dispute the Presidency in the second round on June 19.

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