October 2, 2022

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Pedro Throws Lime Shovel in Anti-Drug Policy, Strengthens ‘Bolivarian Axis’

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Doubts about how Gustavo Pedro will lead his government were dissolved last night with the announcement of the sacking of 52 generals – 24 from the National Police, 16 from the Army, 6 from the Navy and 6 others. Air Force. According to the Colombian president, action is necessary to seek what he calls “Complete Silence”.

The new security policy, which appears to be inspired by Chavista Primer, includes an end to anti-narcotics operations and compulsory military service, dismantling the intelligence apparatus and transferring the police from the Ministry of Defense. Ministry of Justice, with the militarization of its staff.

At the same time, senators who were part of the FARC recently presented a plan to create “Agricultural Guards”, which was supported by Pedro and reminiscent of the Bolivarian National Army created by Hugo Chávez.

Now, we have to wait for the Cuban advisers to arrive.

The Colombian president justifies his actions in seeking a “dialogue table” with still-active crime groups such as the Gulf Clan. Colombian PCC variety. To achieve “total peace”, Pedro wants to carry out a radical policy of drug legalization with the support of Congress.

First, marijuana, the cultivation of which he compares to corn and potato crops. Colombia allowed the marketing of cannabis for medical purposes in 2016, but its recreational use is prohibited. The second most disturbing fact is the legalization of cocaine.

America and Europe, but Brazil is the world’s largest producer of the drug. Any decision by the Colombian government on this matter will affect everyone. Officials on both sides of the border, which have long partnered to fight drug and arms trafficking, are on high alert.

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A regional network to suppress these crimes, created with U.S. support, suffered a critical setback with Bolivia, Evo Morales, and Venezuela, losing influence with Hugo Chávez and Nicolás Maduro. Columbia is considered the last bastion.

During his government, Juan Manuel Santos (2010-18) already massively dismantled the intelligence of the armed forces, especially the military, leaving all responsibility for the fight against drug trafficking, collection and technical and human equipment to the police. . But now it’s different.

The measures announced by Pedro so far and others in the pipeline reflect a spate of the continent’s historic anti-drug policy and reinforce the “Bolivarian axis.” Its consequences, including the worst, will be felt in Brazil and cannot be ignored in the ongoing electoral debate.

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