The Colombian authorities have demolished an eight-storey block of apartments in Medellin, the former luxury home of cocaine king Pablo Escobar.
Escobar had become notorious as one of the biggest traffickers of cocaine from Latin-American countries. At the height of his business dealings, it is estimated he was supplying some 80% of all the cocaine entering the US, leaving him with an income of $21.9 billion annually.
Escobar was killed in 1993 at the age of 44, in a joint operation between US and Colombian authorities.
The space created through the demolition of the Escobar building will now house a garden commemorating Escobar’s victims in the eighties and nineties, which included four Presidential candidates and 500 Police officers.
The building was demolished during an official ceremony attended by the country’s highest officials and by a crowd of people, some of them relatives of Escobar’s victims. The collapse of the building brought clapping and shouts of joy as well as some tears.
The video shows the explosion triggered to bring down the building, as well as old videos of Escobar being interviewed, and Escobar’s body soon after he was killed.