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Colombian presidential candidate chains himself to statue

world Updated: May 11, 2010 17:12 IST

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A Colombian presidential candidate has taken a new tack to fight his scant media coverage; chaining himself to a statue in the capital and declaring a hunger strike.

Voice of the Conscience Movement contender Robinson Devia, a relative stranger to the political scene, claimed he was the target of media discrimination in a "moribund democracy".

Chained to a statue of national hero Simon Bolivar, he called for a commission that would include the Organization of American States to guarantee "fair and balanced information" around the May 30 vote.

Devia obtained support from a million petitioners for his presidential bid and is credited with less than one percent of voter support. Eight candidates remain in the race.

Polls show Green Party candidate Antanas Mockus will face off in a second round on June 20 against ruling party candidate Juan Manuel Santos, a former defense minister under outgoing President Alvaro Uribe.