Pablo Escobar He has been one of the criminals who has attracted the most attention in the world. At his peak, the Antioquian was highlighted by the magazine Forbes as one of the people with the most money; and even though he died a little less than 30 years ago, His image continues to be highlighted internationally, although this is taken negatively by Colombians..
Since the death of the boss in 1993, In Colombia, an attempt has been made to change the perception of the country regarding drugs and other problems that expanded with Escobar’s war against the State.; However, the president of Colombia himself, Gustavo Petro, has indicated that this has not been possible.
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“Colombia and coffee became synonymous, that changed, undoubtedly: if you go to any corner of any big city in the world, unfortunately they don’t call you coffee, but rather Pablo Escobar,” said Gustavo Petro on August 16, 2023.
Outside of the negative image that Escobar represents for Colombia, There are cities and places in the country that are visited by tourists for representing aspects of the boss’s life or selling merchandise with his image.; In the same way, Hacienda Nápoles, which was once the criminal’s private zoo, is today a park open to the public.
In addition to the local level, there are places in the world where Escobar’s photographs have been used for different purposes, one of them was discovered by Andrea Petro, daughter of the president of Colombia, who expressed her anger on social networks.
Through his Instagram account, Andrea Petro revealed that she had found a mural with the image of the boss in the city of Marseille, Francewhich asked that it be deleted out of respect for the image of Colombia, highlighting that Escobar does not represent a positive aspect of the country.
“Out of respect for the Colombian community, we ask to remove this painting, which for us is insulting and degrading,” was the message accompanied by a photograph of the mural.
The mural with the image of Pablo Escobar is located in a restaurant called Le populo marseille, who has more than 4,000 followers on Instagram and so far has not commented on the publication of the president’s daughter, who also tagged them.
In addition to stating that in many countries Colombia is better known for Pablo Escobar than for coffee, Gustavo Petro had already referred on another occasion to the use of the boss’s image at a national and international level..
On June 25, the speech delivered by Gustavo Petro in Paris was broadcast in Colombia, in which he stated that the country has more references outside of drug traffickers, pointing to Gabriel García Márquez as an example that should be remembered.
In the same way, Petro asked that no more productions be made to tell the life of Pablo Escobarsince the story of criminals should not be shown on television.
“Colombia is famous not only for Pablo Escobar, which should already be canceling those types of projections on television that do not talk about us. Pablo Escobar is not the son of the Colombian people, he is the son of the Colombian oligarchy that generated and built him,” the president noted.
Despite the president’s request, Snail made the decision to broadcast the series Escobar, the patron of evilwhich first aired in 2012 and stars Andrés Parra.