BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Opponents of Colombia's peace process are angry that a city has erected a statue of President Juan Manuel Santos to honor his efforts to end Colombia's half-century armed conflict.
The mayor of Belen de los Andaquies dedicated the life-size bronze statue of the Nobel Peace Prize winner last month on the 100th anniversary of the town, which was hard hit by the conflict. Santos appears holding a peace dove and the accord he reached last year with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.
Opponents accuse Mayor Edilmer Ducuara of violating a decree against monuments to sitting public officials. They also point out that 60 percent of the town rejected the peace deal in a referendum.
Ducuara says no government funds were spent on the monument.