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Small town's peace statue to Colombia's Santos draws fire

Small town's peace statue to Colombia's Santos draws fire

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.


Updated : 2021-04-15 16:49 GMT+08:00