Pablo Escobar's Victims Decry Celebration of Dead Drug Baron's Life

Tuesday, 03 Dec 2013 06:45 AM

By Joel Himelfarb

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Twenty years after his death,  drug baron Pablo Escobar remains a powerful presence in Medellin, his hometown, and that public veneration is not sitting well with victims’ relatives, the BBC reported Monday.

He was killed in a Dec. 2, 1993 shootout with Colombian security forces.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Escobar’s Medellin Cartel was believed to responsible for as much as 80 percent of the cocaine sent to the United States. Escobar himself is thought to be culpable in  upwards of 4,000 deaths.

But in Medellin’s commercial district, it is relatively easy to purchase watches and T-shirts with his face on them along with DVDs about his life, according to the BBC.

Pirated copies of a very popular Colombian soap opera about Escobar remain popular with many visitors to markets there.

Escobar's son, who recently launched a clothing line with his father’s images on it, says that out of respect for his fathers’ victims, he does not sell the product in Colombia, according to the BBC.

But, at least in Medellin, it is not difficult to find Colombians ready to purchase T-shirts with Escobar’s face on them.

In Barrio Pablo Escobar, the drug baron’s old Medellin neighborhood, several local firms have been offering tours with Escobar-related themes.

Some of the relatives of his victims say they are offended by this state of affairs.

"In a way it is an example of the triumph of culture embodied by Pablo Escobar, in which profit, making three bucks, is more important than anything else," says Rodrigo Lara Restrepo.

His father, Colombian Justice Minister Rodrigo Lara Bonilla was assassinated by Escobar’s operatives.

Related Story:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Outgoing President's Party Leads Uruguay Contest

Saturday, 25 Oct 2014 09:51 AM

The political party of outgoing President Jose Mujica, who gained international notice for social reforms such as legali . . .

Canadians Seek to Understand Parliament Shooting

Friday, 24 Oct 2014 08:21 AM

Authorities and ordinary Canadians sifted through confounding shards of a gunman's life seeking to understand what motiv . . .

Mexico Governor Steps Down over Student Disappearances

Friday, 24 Oct 2014 06:39 AM

The governor of the Mexican state where 43 students vanished a month ago following a confrontation with police allegedly . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved