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Colombian President Issues Apology After Police Cadets Dressed Up Like Nazi Soldiers

Anish Vij

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Colombian President Issues Apology After Police Cadets Dressed Up Like Nazi Soldiers

The President of Colombia has condemned police cadets who dressed up in Nazi-styled uniforms for a 'cultural exchange'.

The head of the academy has since been sacked, reports DW News.

Following the huge outrage caused by the incident, President Ivan Duque took to Twitter to condemn the actions.

He wrote: "Any apology for Nazism is unacceptable and I condemn any demonstration that uses or refers to symbols referring to those responsible for the Jewish Holocaust that claimed the lives of more than 6 million people."

Credit: Colombia National Police
Credit: Colombia National Police

The incident occurred at the Simon Bolivar Police School in the city of Tulua and the police Twitter account that publicised the event said they were attempting to 'strengthen the knowledge' of students.

One of the participants appeared to dress up as Adolf Hitler and swastikas and Nazi symbols were featured heavily.

The Israel and German embassies have conducted a joint statement condemning the incident.

They both have 'total rejection of any form of apology or demonstration of Nazism'.

Credit: Colombia National Police
Credit: Colombia National Police

Last month, a former Nazi concentration camp secretary who went on the run appeared in court in Germany.

Irmgard Furchner worked as a secretary for the Stutthof concentration camp's SS commander when she was 18-years-old and is accused of 11,412 counts of accessory to murder.

The 96-year-old was due to face trial on 30 September, but she left her home in Hamburg in a taxi before it was due to commence.

She was picked up by police later that day and taken into custody.

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

Court spokesperson Frederike Milhoffer said given the woman's age and condition, she had not been expected to 'actively evade the trial'.

On Tuesday 19 October, she appeared before a judge in the northern town of Itzehoe, and the charges were read.

She was pushed into the courtroom in a wheelchair and kept her face concealed behind a scarf, mask and glasses.

Despite being a nonagenarian, she is being tried in juvenile court because she was under 21 at the time of the alleged crimes.

Prosecutors claim Furchner was part of the apparatus that helped the Nazi camp in occupied Poland function during the Second World War more than 75 years ago.

Featured Image Credit: Colombia National Police

Topics: World News, Nazi

Anish Vij
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