Colombia president condemns Nazi-themed police event

Colombian President Iván Duque has condemned the actions of police cadets who dressed as Nazis as part of a ceremony meant to honour Germany.
The so-called cultural exchange event caused outrage after photos shared on Thursday showed cadets at the Simón Bolívar police school in SS uniforms.
"Any apology for Nazism is unacceptable," Mr Duque said on Friday.
The German Nazi party, led by Adolf Hitler, murdered an estimated six million Jews during World War Two.
Hitler's campaign to eradicate Europe's Jewish population and other minorities became known as the Holocaust.
Images from the ceremony at the police academy in the city of Tuluá earlier this week showed Nazi flags and other regalia on display, while cadets were seen wearing Swastika armbands – and one also appeared to be wearing a Hitler moustache.
Police officers in Colombian uniforms were also pictured opening the event by cutting a ribbon.
Toda una polémica ha provocado el evento realizado en las últimas horas en la escuela de Policía Simón Bolívar de Tuluá. Los uniformados se disfrazaron de Adolf Hitler, haciendo alusión al nazismo durante la semana de la internacionalización. #VocesySonidos pic.twitter.com/EoS4JqvzrC
"I condemn any demonstration that uses or refers to symbols associated with those responsible for the Jewish Holocaust," Mr Duque wrote on Twitter.
He said those involved in organising the police event in Tuluá, western Colombia, and any participants would be held to account.
The head of the academy has already been sacked.
The official police Twitter account that posted the images said the event in Tuluá was organised as part of an "international week" aimed at "strengthening the knowledge of our police students".
The ambassadors of Germany and Israel have urged Colombia to do more to educate people about the Holocaust.
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