Posted by: Paula Delgado-Kling | June 13, 2014

Follower of Santos’s opposition declared missing in Arauca

Back in the beginning of May, German Vargas Lleras, the vice-presidential candidate of president-candidate Juan Manuel Santos, was in campaign in Arauca. A man in the audience interrupted him with a question about housing.

Vargas Lleras grew extremely frustrated that his speech was disrupted, and he called the man a “gamin.” Vargas Lleras said, “With this gamin here, I can’t do this.”

The man responded, “I am from Arauca, and I also deserve respect.”

A “gamin” is a word for someone uneducated, for someone who loiters on the streets. In Colombia, it is a big insult to call someone a “gamin,” because it implies you are the lowest of the lowest.

The YouTube video below grew viral on the internet.

The man Vargas Lleras called a “gamin” was Juan Carlos Santamaría, a former delegate for Arauca and a former candidate for the House of Representatives in the past elections on March 9th.

Santamaría is a follower of the opposition candidate, Óscar Iván Zuluaga.

Santamaría was reported missing last night. He is allegedly kidnapped. Thus far, no illegal armed group has claimed responsibility for his disappearance.

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