Summary of COLOMBIA VIVE - La Euforia - Parte 1/5

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In this video, Colombian soldiers, police officers, and civilians discuss the country's struggle against drugs and drug trafficking. They talk about the origins of the problem, the successes and failures of the government's efforts to combat it, and the impact it has had on the Colombian people.

  • 00:00:00 In 1982, Gabriel García Márquez was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, making him one of the most celebrated authors in the world. In this video, he talks about his life and work, and describes the importance of the 1980s in terms of Colombian history. He talks about the growth of the revolutionary movements during this time, and how it affected his life. He also discusses his early days as a court judge, and how he would have probably never become a famous author if he hadn't been born in Colombia.
  • 00:05:00 In this video, Colombian soldiers talk about their experiences in the war against the FARC. They explain that the FARC's goals are difficult to achieve, but that their fighters are determined to win. The narrator, a soldier in the FARC, explains that the group is supported by the contributions of farmers, students, and other working class Colombians. He also notes that, 25 years ago, the FARC's most attention-grabbing group was the M-19, which was known for its brutality and efficiency.
  • 00:10:00 This video discusses the history of the Colombian guerrilla group, M-19, and their efforts to achieve peace. After the group's leaders were arrested and put on trial in the 1980s, the majority of them were sent to prison in Bogotá. In 2001, after years of negotiations, the Colombian Congress passed a law amnestying all M-19 members who had not committed crimes. Raúl Vargas, a member of the M-19, discusses the significance of the amnesty and how it helped to pave the way for more dialogue between the government and the group. On May 28, 1984, the ceasefire between the government and M-19 was announced. For the next year, the M-19 members fought alongside the regular army against the guerrilla forces. However, the ceasefire was short-lived, and the fighting continued sporadically. In 1995, the M-19 and the government announced a new ceasefire, this time lasting for 11 months. At the same time, the M-19 was also increasing its activity against the Colombian government's rivals, the FARC. Despite these successes, the ceasefire eventually ended in 1990.
  • 00:15:00 In the early 1960s, Colombia began to kill its marijuana crops in an effort to stamp out drug trafficking. The marijuana trade continued to grow until approximately 3 meters tall, with 50 cm wide roots, and it is considered to be of the best quality and most in demand by experts. Farmers who were arrested while growing marijuana tell their story 24 hours a day on their new show, "24 Horas." They are forced to grow marijuana all the time, and are threatened with death if they don't. In the 1980s, the so-called "marimbera boom" arrives to an end, and years later, in the 1990s, the United States becomes the first producer of marijuana in the world. At the same time, a generational change in the consumers of cocaine in the United States led to the marijuana industry becoming a major illicit business. The euphoria produced by cocaine manages to create the largest illegal business in history. At the same time, Colombian music is producing some of the world's best marijuana strains. The weather conditions make Colombia the world's first producer of cocaine as well. The Colombian government is thinking about people who use drugs and wants to end drug trafficking. At the same time, large areas of amapolas (a type
  • 00:20:00 In this video, Medellín singer Jovovich sings about her hometown, Colombia, and how things have changed since she was younger. She talks about how there is no art in Colombia anymore, and how she wasn't very young before. Jovovich also sings about how obesity is a big problem in Colombia, and how high-stakes boxing matches have lead to an increase in the sale of drugs. She talks about how easy it is to get drugs in Colombia, and where you can buy them. Finally, she sings about how her own addiction led her to commit crimes, and how the Colombian government is doing little to address drug abuse.
  • 00:25:00 This video features Colombian police officers discussing the successes of their anti-drug operation in the past week. They report that they have seized over 10,000 kilograms of cocaine, 400 kilograms of bazuco, and four people who were killed during a federal court hearing in Boston. The Colombians are hoping that this recent success will inspire other countries in Latin America to fight against drug trafficking.
  • 00:30:00 This video covers the life and exploits of Pablo Escobar, the Colombian drug lord who became infamous for his lavish lifestyle and his involvement in the drug trade. The video also discusses Escobar's involvement in politics and his crime ring's involvement in 100 homicides. As Escobar's empire grew, he became increasingly involved in social and environmental projects. In 1989, Escobar was finally captured and killed by the Colombian police.
  • 00:35:00 In this video, Colombian police uncover a large cocaine manufacturing complex in the rural areas of the east coast, leading to the seizure of 13.8 tons of the drug. The police are also surprised to find a large rebel camp and drug trafficking operations along the heart of the river, tranquility in the midst of the war on drugs. The sense of hope and optimism among the Colombian people following the peace accords between the government and the guerrillas is palpable. The leaders of the various civil society organizations express their eagerness to have a conversation with the president to get his direct approval of the actions taken today. The heads of the paramilitary groups receive journalists at their hunting camp, beginning to understand the purpose of a camera in the mountains. The Patriotic Union of the Farc (Upe), a political arm of the guerrilla groups, is born. A few months later, Pablo Escobar, the head of the Medellín drug cartel, pays a "revenge" fee that entangles the Colombian dance hall scene in underworld violence. In April 1984, Minister of Justice Rodrigo Lara Bonilla is assassinated. Colombia has no doubts about the intellectual authors of the coup d'état and, after years of hesitation, finally approves the
  • 00:40:00 This video discusses the origins of Pablo Escobar's war against the Colombian government, which began with the assassination of Minister of Justice Rodrigo Lara Bonilla. The government uses a new tool, extradition, to send criminals wanted by other countries to be punished in Colombia. This operation is known as "Universal against an attack also universal."

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