Medellin razes Pablo Escobar's home in symbol of rebirth

Pablo Escobar

Pablo Escobar

Pablo Escobar's fortified home - a brutalist eight-story concrete block in one of Medellin's plushest neighborhoods - was demolished on Friday as part of an effort to change the way the drug kingpin's story is told.

Duque made a flying visit to the demolition site before heading to Cucuta, on the border with Venezuela, to attend a concert organized by British billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson to raise money for humanitarian aid for Venezuelans.

Colombian President Ivan Duque, who was still a teenager when Escobar was killed in 1993 in a rooftop shootout with police, said the explosion "means that history is not going to be written in terms of the perpetrators but by recognizing the victims".

The city plans to build a park and memorial museum to replace the abandoned building, which took 3 seconds to destroy. City authorities had placed the Monaco building under police guard, and tourists had only been able to see it from the outside.

He was born in 1949 in Rionegro, Colombia, and lived in the Monaco building in Medellin for years until 1988 when rivals bombed it.

Anne Hathaway pokes fun at her Oscars hosting gig with Instagram caption
This feels really big to me.' And the producer just went, 'No! And I was like, "Oh okay, I guess it's going great". And while the actress doesn't necessarily regret the hosting gig, she wished she had stuck to her guns.

What won't be torn down, though, are the 443 homes Escobar built for families living in a Medellin rubbish dump, an act that earned him the "Colombian Robin Hood" moniker.

Dozens of reporters were treated to canapes and a performance by the city's philharmonic orchestra as the mayor promoted a public relations campaign that seeks to draw attention away from the ongoing scourge of violence in Colombia's drug trafficking capital.

"Respect our pain, honor our victims (1983-1994)".

In a 2015 interview with DW, Escobar's son said his father was no hero. "The Monaco Building is a convenient focus - it's a show", journalist and scholar Juan Diego Restrepo told Colombia Reports on Thursday. At the end of January, a replica of the first plane that was used to smuggle a cargo of cocaine into the United States was removed from another of Escobar's former properties, Hacienda Napoles.

Recommended News

  • Oscars 2019: Olivia Colman wins Best Actress for The Favourite

    Colman's win meant Glenn Close has extended her losing streak. "I have to thank a lot of people", Colman said, crying. This is a developing post . "And this is not how I wanted this to be", she joked, to Close's delight.
    After 3rd period rally, Reds Wings fall in OT | NHL

    After 3rd period rally, Reds Wings fall in OT | NHL

    Athanasiou scored at 5:23 of the third period on the power play, lifting a shot near the post over Ward's right shoulder. If the season ended after Wednesday's 5-4 overtime victory over the Red Wings , the Hawks would be a playoff team.
    7 reasons to binge Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy

    7 reasons to binge Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy

    Right now, Netflix has said nothing about there being a " The Umbrella Academy " Season 2, but it is simply inevitable. Additionally, the entire wedding was thrown in the middle of New York City under a black umbrella that spanned 60 feet.
  • 'Racist' Serena Williams cartoon given Australian all-clear

    'Racist' Serena Williams cartoon given Australian all-clear

    At the time, News Corp Australia's executive chairman, Michael Miller, said the world had become too "PC [politically correct]" . The editor of the Herald Sun , Damon Johnston, has said it had nothing to do with race or gender.
    Contagious person on plane

    Contagious person on plane

    According to Vancouver Coastal Health, there are now 13 confirmed cases of measles in the Vancouver region. On Tuesday Washington State had 62 confirmed cases of the measles and Vancouver had nine.
    'Pose' actor Billy Porter shines at the Oscars in a tuxedo gown

    'Pose' actor Billy Porter shines at the Oscars in a tuxedo gown

    She was in a delicate, sunshine-yellow gown with full pleats, asymmetrical sleeves and a sweetheart neckline. The designer shared the look on social media as soon as the Pose star Porter hit the carpet.
  • Is No Credit Better Than Having Bad Credit?

    In fact, that’s the best possible use of credit — engaging it to do something that can help you make money. No Credit The good news about having no credit history is there’s nothing negative about you out there.

    The US Open Final: Who Will Make it?

    The 34-year-old Swiss won the first two sets 6-4 and 7-5, forcing an injured and struggling Djokovic to retire in the third. If she’s at her best, then she’ll make it to the final and if she performs on the day the title will be hers.
    Thousands march to honour slain Russian opposition leader

    Thousands march to honour slain Russian opposition leader

    Ordinary Muscovites and prominent opposition figures, including politician Alexei Navalny, marched through the centre of the city. The march passed along Strastnoy, Petrovsky, Rozhdestvensky, Sretensky boulevards to Academician Sakharov Avenue.
  • How Healthcare Providers Can Reduce Insurance Claim Denials

    And, it’s important to account for the time and effort spent by administrative staff handling these denied claims. They also have the potential to adversely affect patients’ opinions about the organization.

    Flaunt Your Style at Your Office with Graceful Jewellery

    This is why it is best to avoid jewellery that will draw unwanted attention and take away the focus from what you are presenting. A delicate diamond ring, a simple platinum or gold band looks great and works well with both Indian as well as western outfits.
    Samsung Galaxy A50 & A30 live images show Infinity-U displays, multiple cameras

    Samsung Galaxy A50 & A30 live images show Infinity-U displays, multiple cameras

    Alternatively, the South Korean company might take a costly move and include an in-display fingerprint sensor. They include the Galaxy A90 which will have a pop-up camera, the Galaxy A70, A50, A30, and Galaxy A10.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.