|Municipio de Soacha|
|Municipality of Colombia|
|Motto: Latin: Sol omnibus lucet
(The sun shines equally over everyone)
Location of Soacha in Cundinamarca Department.
|Established||December 31, 1600|
|• Mayor||Juan Carlos Nemocón|
|• Municipality of Colombia||184 km2 (71 sq mi)|
|Elevation||2,565 m (8,415 ft)|
|• Municipality of Colombia||402,007|
|• Density||2,200/km2 (5,700/sq mi)|
|Area code(s)||57 + 1|
|Website||Official website (Spanish)|
With a population of 402,007 inhabitants (Census 2005), 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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