Drover Pablo Escobar was killed 25 years ago and ended for one of the world's most famous criminals, responsible for…
Drover Pablo Escobar was killed 25 years ago and ended for one of the world’s most famous criminals, responsible for an unprecedented number of deaths and a bomb attack in Colombia.
But overcoming the inheritance of Escobar is not easy, and in his hometown of Medellin, resident residents living in homes that he built for them, are planning heartily tributes to mark Sunday’s anniversary.
“He was a good person who also had to do bad things, otherwise he’d been killed earlier. He helped many,” Emanuel Lara Rodriguez, a Mexican tourist in Colombia , told Al Jazeera.
Escobar was killed in a roof terrace with police and soldiers in Medellin on December 2, 1993, one day after his 44th birthday and five months after he appeared on the Forbes newspaper list of the richest people in the world for the seventh time.
The mansion where Escobar lived with his family was bombed in 1988 and abandoned, but today it has become a symbol of Escobar’s era – an authority wants to get rid of.
The home has become a top tourist attraction in Medellin’s El Poblado neighborhood. But it will soon be replaced by a public park that will be devoted to the thousands of people killed in Colombia by drug screeners.
“It is a tribute to the victims and all the people who defended legality,” Daniel Vasquez, a partner at the Colombian Memorial House Museum, told Al Jazeera.
“We have moved forward but we still have major challenges because violence and drug trafficking are still here.”
“They have changed and are less intense but we must continue working with our culture so that it will always be less present,” he added.
The park costs about $ 2.5 million. Renovation and reinforcement of the manor would have cost USD 11 million according to the city.
|A television offer from the Colombian government for drug kingpin Escobar, right and Gonzalo Rodriguez Gacha [File: John Hopper/AP Photo]|
Five and five years ago, Medellin, Norway’s second largest city, was infected with drug violence, car bombs and Regular shootouts, like drug gangs, state forces and private militias fought for superiority.
In 1991, Escalar, in the height of Escobar’s conflict with the authorities, had recorded 6 349 murders.
But the fascination with the legend of Escobar has overshadowed this reality to many, and stories around him are still popular.
In Antioquia, an area surrounded by drugs, many still talk about the largest concentration of hippos outside Africa – animals left after moving from Escobar’s ranch to go wild instead of being transferred to the zoo, according to reports from El Pais.
According to Netflix, over 60 million viewers have been attracted to eccentric details in their lives through hugely successful series such as Narco’s and other TV shows and documentaries.
And for many, he is still “Colombian Robin Hood”, articularly in the neighborhood bearing his name, where he donated 443 houses to people who previously lived on local dumping.
“I see him as a second God”, resident Maria Eugenia Castano, 44, told AFP’s press office, as she lights a light on an altar carrying Escobar’s photography. “To me, God is first, and then he.”
But the damage he inflicted also recalls. Escobar’s victim still seeks justice and a balanced story of what really happened.
“Pablo will confuse you,” said Yamile Zapata a stylist in Medellin. “
” If you want to look at the good side he was very very good. If you want to look at the bad he was very bad. “
|The Colombian military in Hacienda Napoles, a sumptuous property belonging to Medellin cartel leader Escobar [File: Getty Images]|