Soacha

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Municipio de Soacha
Municipality of Colombia
Flag of Municipio de Soacha
Flag
Coat of arms of Municipio de Soacha
Coat of arms
Motto: Latin: Sol omnibus lucet
(The sun shines equally over everyone)
Location of Soacha in Cundinamarca Department.
Location of Soacha in Cundinamarca Department.
Municipio de Soacha is located in Colombia
Municipio de Soacha
Municipio de Soacha
Location of Soacha in Cundinamarca Department.
Coordinates: 04°35′14″N 74°13′17″W / 4.58722°N 74.22139°W / 4.58722; -74.22139Coordinates: 04°35′14″N 74°13′17″W / 4.58722°N 74.22139°W / 4.58722; -74.22139
Country  Colombia
Region Andean Region
Department Cundinamarca
Established December 31, 1600
Government
 • Type Municipality
 • Mayor Juan Carlos Nemocón
Area
 • Municipality of Colombia 184 km2 (71 sq mi)
Elevation 2,565 m (8,415 ft)
Population (2005)
 • Municipality of Colombia 402,007
 • Density 2,200/km2 (5,700/sq mi)
 • Urban 393,006
Demonym(s) Suachuno
Area code(s) 57 + 1
Website Official website (Spanish)

Soacha is considered a borough of Bogotá, but officially is an autonomous municipality. It has an important industrial zone and is home to mostly working-class families.

Demographics[edit]

With a population of 402,007 inhabitants (Census 2005), 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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