|Motto: Latin: Sol omnibus lucet
(The sun shines equally over everyone)
|Established||December 31, 1600|
|• Mayor||Jose Ernesto Martinez Taquino|
|• City||184.45 km2 (71.22 sq mi)|
|Elevation||2,566 m (8,419 ft)|
|• Density||2,200/km2 (5,600/sq mi)|
|Area code(s)||57 + 1|
|Website||Official website (Spanish)|
With a population of 398,295 inhabitants (2005 census), it is also Bogota's most populous suburb.
Soacha was founded on August 8 in 1600. It gained national notoriety after the presidential candidate Luis Carlos Galán was assassinated on August 18, 1989 while visiting the city during his presidential campaign.
In 2008, the 'false positives' scandal broke when 22 men from Soacha who had been recruited for work were found dead several hundreds of miles away. They had been killed by the military and presented to authorities as guerrilla fighters (insurgents) killed in battle, in order to increase action head counts. Similar cases have since appeared all over the country.
- "In Colombia, 6 sentenced in 'false positives' death scheme". Los Angeles Times. June 14, 2012.
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