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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.

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

Soacha was founded on December 31 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 guerrilleros killed in battle, in order to increase head counts. Similar cases have since appeared all over the country.

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