On Thursday, the Historical Pact presidential candidate Gustavo Petro denounced that right-wing elites seek to sabotage the May 29 elections to suspend the Colombian democratic process.
"They are already conspiring in secret meetings to see how the elections are suspended... so that freedom day does not take place... They already feel defeated," he told thousands of citizens who went to the Cali's Government Square.
"Those addicted to power and death want to perpetuate themselves in power. They can’t bear to lose the elections, they can’t stand a popular victory".
"The most delusional corrupt ruling elites seek to unleash a violent social explosion to get the excuse to definitively suspend the elections... They know they are a minority," Petro stressed.
En la carretera Ríosucio bajira, los paramilitares torturan salvajemente a un indefenso ciudadano que se atrevió a salir. ¿Dónde está zapateiro? ¿Dónde está Molano? ¿Dónde está Duque y su paz con legalidad?. ¿Quién protege a los idígenas? pic.twitter.com/kDLcw8QK3g— �������� �������� ���������������� ���������� (@luisemilpaz) May 7, 2022
The tweet reads, "On the Riosucio Bajira highway, paramilitaries savagely torture a defenseless citizen who dared to go out. Where is Zapateiro? Where is Molano? Where is Duque and his peace with legality? Who protects the Indigenous people?"
Petro and vice-presidential candidate Francia Marquez will close their political campaign in Medellin on Friday. The next day, he will travel to Barranquilla and then the leftist leader will meet with his supporters in Bogota on Sunday.
A survey prepared by Invamer for outlets BLU Radio, Noticias Caracol, and El Espectador, shows that Petro continues to be the favorite to win the first round that will take place on May 29. While the Historical Pact candidate manages to obtain 40.6 percent of the voting intention, the right-wing candidate Federico Gutierrez obtains 27.1 percent.
In the event of a second electoral round, Gustavo Petro would obtain 52.7 percent of the votes and Gutierrez 44.2 percent, as reported by Blu Radio.