Campaign manager Gustavo Petro’s outreach is dismissed and mocked by controversial social media influencer

25-year-old social media influencer, convicted vandal and now straightener impresario Daneidy Barrera (above left), also known as ‘Epa Colombia’ is a Colombian version of one of those people ‘famous for to be famous”. She made headlines in 2019 when during civil unrest she recorded herself vandalizing Bogotá’s Transmillenio public transit system. Although sentenced to five years in prison, she managed to stay free and leverage her fame/infamy into a thriving business selling smoothing cream to her social media followers.

She gained more notoriety last year for sharing an empanada with equally controversial right-wing ex-president Alvaro Uribe (top right), but when the presidential hopeful’s campaign communications manager leftist and former guerrilla Gustavo Petro contacted her in hopes that she would use her platforms to publicize a meeting between the two, she not only dismissed the idea but went public with the messages, saying that ‘she feared that Petro would expropriate her business, or at least make life more difficult for entrepreneurs and business owners.

“I have to tell you a rumour. Petro told me to meet, that he and I should sit down and talk, and be boyfriends. Barrera said. “Friend, I’m afraid to leave my company to Petro, I’m very afraid that Petro will be president. And where is my company?

On May 29, Colombians will go to the polls to vote for the president. If no candidate obtains a majority of votes, the first two candidates will go to the second round on June 19. In accordance with the law, the new president will be sworn in on August 7.

Hello Dan, how are you?

Let me introduce myself: I am María Antonia Pardo, director of communications at Gustavo Petro.

Gustavo Petro, former mayor of Bogotá.  (Credit: Prensa de Bogotá)

Senator Gustavo Petro, former guerrilla and current presidential candidate. (Prensa de Bogotá)

I am writing to you because the senator wishes to meet with you. It is inexplicable how those of (corruption scandal) Odebrecht are freed and you have five years in prison.

I know it’s late and I apologize for now. If you are interested, please let me know. I also want to do your first live IG (Instagram) with you. You have been imprisoned. Who better than someone who has had a second chance at life to talk about your current situation.

[Barreras responds with something that can’t be seen, before Pardo continues]

Already a friend of a friend… It’s only you [should] meet us already.

Not only Petro

With [other candidates] Galán, with De la Calle, with Francia, etc.

In this way you can reduce the scandal

Because you look like a Uribista [Uribe supporter]

And that frankly is fucked

It’s not convenient for you.

On May 29, Colombians will go to the polls to vote for the president. If no candidate obtains a majority of votes, the first two candidates will go to the second round on June 19. In accordance with the law, the new president will be sworn in on August 7.

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