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Santos campaign accuses police of meddling in Colombia’s elections

Santos campaign accuses police of meddling in Colombia’s elections
Jun 3, 2014 posted by Hannah Matthews

Colombia’s police force came under attack on Tuesday after close allies of President Juan Manuel Santos accused the police of campaigning for Oscar Ivan Zuluaga, the hard-line rival of the incumbent in the second round of elections.

According to German Vargas, the running mate of Santos, members of the police force have been cited participating in politics in favor of Zuluaga, the candidate of former President Alvaro Uribe’s Democratic Center party.

The running mate said that some policemen went as far as destroying the incumbent’s political propaganda while the force is supposed to stay neutral during elections.

“In all the states I go I receive from our political leaders complaints about harassment, reaching the extreme of destroying ‘Santista’ propaganda and constraining Santos voters in order to make them tell who they voted for or will vote for,” the running mate said.


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