The leftist candidate for president of Colombia for the Historical Pact, Gustavo Petrohas canceled this Thursday another campaign event that was planned with business leaders in the city of Cúcuta, on the border with Venezuela, after receiving new death threats.
Petro planned to hold a press conference with a circle of businessmen from that city until new threats against his integrity from drug-related groups have prevented it, as reported by the agency Bloomberg.
It is not the first time that the main favorite in the upcoming elections in May has had to suspend electoral acts due to threats received. A plot to assassinate him orchestrated by ‘La Cordillera’, a narco-paramilitary group that operates in the so-called Colombian Coffee Region —located in the center-west of the country— was denounced this week by the politician’s campaign team.
The vice-presidential candidate, who has suffered racist insults throughout the campaign, has also been threatened
France Marquez, the party’s vice-presidential candidate, has also been threatened. Politics has also suffered throughout the campaign Racist insults. The president of the Government, Ivan Dukealthough he has condemned these attacks, has pointed out that they do not have information that indicates that there is a real danger.
Four presidential candidates were assassinated at the height of the violence perpetrated by the drug cartels between the 80s and 90s in Colombia; among them, Jaime Pardo Leal and Bernardo Jaramillo Ossa, of the Patriotic Union (UP), party of the colombian left decimated by the murders that organized crime committed against its militants.