Colombia VP says she was focused with roadside bombYesterday
Francia Marquez shared a police report on her Twitter account which says a drug-sniffing canine alerted to the bomb, which was product of ammonium nitrate, powdered aluminum and shrapnel, and that anti-explosives officers blew it up in a managed explosion on Monday.
The vp, who has beforehand confronted demise threats, described it as a brand new assassination try that received’t cease her advocacy for peace and equality.
Marquez is Colombia’s first Black vp. She was elected final September together with President Gustavo Petro, an economist and former guerrilla fighter, who’s trying to boost taxes on the rich, improve authorities spending and begin peace talks with the nation’s remaining insurgent teams.
Earlier than she entered politics, Marquez led protests towards mining firms and unlawful miners working in Cauca and was pressured to go away her residence village of Suarez, on account of demise threats.
The environmental activist rose to fame final yr when she participated in presidential primaries, and helped President Petro safe votes within the nation’s Afro Colombian communities and likewise amongst girls and younger folks impressed by her life story. Marquez at the moment heads the Ministry of Equality, a brand new company that seeks to make sure girls and ethnic minorities have equal entry to the federal government’s social packages.
“We is not going to cease working day-to-day to realize the full peace that Colombia desires of and requires” she wrote on Twitter.