The Twitter spat between the president of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, and the President of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, continued this Sunday as Petro questioned El Salvador’s official homicide statistics and branded them as a “false positive” and claimed that “democratic destruction” is taking place in that country.
“Look at this reality of the false positive and the democratic destruction of the human being. In my opinion, the way to solve the current problems of humanity is the radicalization of the democratic project. More democracy, not less democracy,” said the Colombian president on Twitter.
Petro made this comment when sharing an article entitled, “How El Salvador hides its homicide figures to justify the emergency regime.”
Last week, El Salvador completed one year under emergency measures that suspend constitutional rights and has led to the arrest of 66,200 people in what the government of President Nayib Bukele calls the “war against gangs.” Petro and Bukele have exchanged blows on Twitter throughout the month of March, beginning when Bukele told Petro, “Mister Petro, results outweigh rhetoric. I hope that Colombia succeeds in lowering its homicide rates, as we Salvadorans have. God bless you”. The ensuing exchange has now stretched into April.
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