The Colombian presidential candidate Rodolfo Hernández has stated this Thursday in Miami, regarding the relations that Colombia will have with the United States if he becomes president, that “what works is not touched, although it can be improved” and has revealed that they want to attack against his life. “Not with lead, but with a knife,” he has said to mention how difficult it is to prevent someone in a crowd of 500 people or more from stabbing him.
At a press conference in a Miami hotel, the same one where all the activities of his visit to the city will take place, Hernández began by saying that he had received the “caution” that they want to kill him and that, therefore, will refrain from participating in massive acts in the final stretch of the campaign.
The candidate who came second in the first round of the presidential elections and who will have to face the leftist Gustavo Petro in a second round on June 19, has made these statements in a normal tone and has accompanied them with a sample of his characteristic sense of humor to remove drama. “I am so ‘salao’ that I don’t die and I stay in a wheelchair”, he said after revealing the attack warnings, which made the numerous journalists and other people present laugh.
In the room there were security personnel and, also, some agents of the Miami Police. The objective of his visit to Miami is to “strengthen ties” with the Colombian community in South Florida, in his own words, and, likewise, to see how trade between Colombia and the state of Florida, which has a volume of of 7,000 million dollars.
Some 100,000 Colombians are registered as voters at the Consulate General of Colombia in Miami, of whom 60% voted in the first round (May 29). 80% gave their vote to Federico ‘Fico’ Gutiérrez, former mayor of Medellín, 15% to Hernández and 12% to Petro, according to consular sources.
At noon, Hernández will have lunch with representatives of the Miami chambers of commerce, directors of the airport, Florida ports and free zones, and later he will have a meeting with the Colombian community.
For its part, the National Liberation Army (ELN) has denied this Thursday its participation in the kidnapping and disappearance of the adoptive daughter of Colombian presidential candidate Rodolfo Hernández, who accused that guerrilla of having taken her hostage in 2004 to demand a millionaire ransom and from which nothing has been heard since. “After making the respective inquiries, we informed the country that we never held Juliana Hernández Olivero, the adoptive daughter of Rodolfo Hernández,” assured the last recognized guerrilla in Colombia in a statement sent to the media.
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