Soacha

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Suacha
Flag of Suacha
Flag
Coat of arms of Suacha
Coat of arms
Motto: Latin: Sol omnibus lucet
(The sun shines equally over everyone)
Location of the town and municipality of Soacha in Cundinamarca Department.
Location of the town and municipality of Soacha in Cundinamarca Department.
Suacha is located in Colombia
Suacha
Suacha
Location of the town and municipality of Soacha in Cundinamarca Department.
Coordinates: 04°35′14″N 74°13′17″W / 4.58722°N 74.22139°W / 4.58722; -74.22139
Country Flag of Colombia.svg Colombia
Region Andean Region
Department Flag of Cundinamarca.svg Cundinamarca
Province Soacha
Established December 31, 1600
Government
 • Type Municipality
 • Mayor Juan Carlos Nemocón
Area
 • City 184.45 km2 (71.22 sq mi)
Elevation 2,566 m (8,419 ft)
Population (2005)
 • City 398,295
 • Density 2,200/km2 (5,600/sq mi)
 • Urban 393,006
Demonym Suachuna
Area code(s) 57 + 1
Website Official website (Spanish)

Soacha is a city in Colombia on the southern edge of Bogotá, the country's capital. It has an important industrial zone and is home to mostly working-class families.

Demographics[edit]

With a population of 398,295 inhabitants (2005 census), it is also Bogota's most populous suburb.

History[edit]

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.[1]

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Coordinates: 04°35′N 74°13′W / 4.583°N 74.217°W / 4.583; -74.217