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An essential book for understanding history of drug trafficking in Spain. Nacho Carretero journalist looks at the characters, plots and clans related to the cocaine business in Galicia, which made the Rias Baixas in the gateway of this drug in Europe “Dejadnos live “was the name of the football team that won the tournament in 1982 Vilanova de Arousa . of the ten kids, hoy only three . One of them is Manuel Fernandez Padin , who worked for the family of the Charline and was a key witness in the Operation Nécora . The fate of the young portrays the fate of a lost generation. The same succumbed to the white tide of cocaine, farlopa, parakeet, Merca, cocaine or simply fariña.
Nacho Carretero (A Coruña, 1981) returns to his native Galicia to tell the story and drug indiscretions that watered the Arousa estuary money, corruption and death. The journalist looks at the path followed smuggling to convert the Galician clans in the complicit in the Colombian cartels to export drugs to Europe. Since the black market practices with drugs, weapons or food after the Civil War, the southern region became a dry raia , the fuzzy boundary that separates Portugal from Galicia, in the territory of anyone. Neither of the security forces or judicial authorities.
Something similar happened with A Raia mollada , the area of the mouth of the Minho river that was also used for smuggling medicine, food and weapons. Only in that part of Franco’s Spain, estraperlo products came across the sea, using boats and land transport networks that wove the first smugglers. “It was the embryo of drug trafficking in Galicia,” says Carter. One of the successes of Fariña (Books KO, Madrid, 2015) is precisely that manages to return the look back to the origins of marketing of the drug.
There was a time in which the Galician clans had the social, police and political complicity to fatten their income at the expense a society that also looked away
the journalist traces the chronology of drug trafficking brilliantly, explaining how it is possible that a society come to accept as normal practices of smuggling snuff first , and cocaine later. In the logic surrounding the farlopa, ingredients that vitiate a population marked by drug trafficking in the eighties and nineties are also found. “Smugglers you are the most honest people there,” Manuel Diaz went on to say, former mayor of A Guardia. He was nicknamed “Light” by how quickly ran in front of the Civil Guard when it was smuggled Portugal. He was one of them. As Marcial Dorado , Sito Miñanco , Manuel Charlín and Laureano Oubiña .
narcos main Galician clans worked with impunity, protected by the silence of many neighbors, police and politicians who have long looked the other way. Carter thoroughly threshed relations between different groups of families, sometimes together, sometimes at odds. Downloads snuff first and then -flour fariña, Galician popular name with which the cocaine was baptized accomplice had the support of a large part of society Arousa estuary . In this context the perfect seed to germinate drug is watered. Children who want to be smugglers older women who complain narcos junkies, politicians who exploit the money impunity coca to get props, giving police snitch. That was what happened in Galicia until not so much.
The journalist not only minutely reviewing drug trafficking networks. It also reveals the crucial role played “mother courage” of young people living in the hell of drugs. Organizations such as the Association Érguete (Get up, in Castilian), with Carmen Avendaño at the head, were key to raise awareness of the political class and society. Their concentrations at the door of Pazo de Baión, owned at the time of Oubiña was the sign that something happened in Galicia. Something against which he had to fight. “Four brave, if at all four unconscious, raised their voices against organizations fattened without hindrance in Galicia in the second half of the 80” tells Carter.
social organizations as Érguete were key to fight the narcos that plunged thousands of young people in hell
those protests germinated in the first raids against Galician drug trafficking . Operation Nécora, led by Justice Baltasar Garzon and the prosecutor Javier Zaragoza , was the first of many operations against the clans of the fariña. In the book, Carter explains clairvoyantly how social pressure got very important political reforms in the fight against drugs. Among others, the reform against the law of money laundering 1988, which was classified for the first time of the proceeds of drug trafficking. It was thus Hacienda became the scourge of the drug lords. And one by one, were falling.
Ending social complicity or shield legislation against drugs and tax evasion were key, according to Carter, that Galicia did not become Sicily . Few were those who raised their voices in that silence Arousa estuary. But alarmism that materialized in Spain on drug trafficking situation in the eighties and nineties, especially the lost generation, also caused a spiral of informative oblivion today. Historical fell, but cocaine keeps coming. If you previously looked the other way with the drug, she says the journalist, now looks away with the narcos. It is the conclusion of a book now in its fourth edition, a story that falls into the reader like a bucket of cold water. Bright and equally hard, the work of Nacho Carretero is as necessary as essential. Nacho Carretero 9.5El book is one of those essential reading to understand our recent history. His chronicle is not only a thorough and comprehensive report on drug trafficking in Galicia. The reporter also manages to draw attention to the pressure exerted by social movements in the political and legal struggle against the Galician clans. And finally, the corollary of Fariña is an imperative to alert the networks that market with cocaine bofetón still there. A detailed review that, despite the countless data, not overwhelmed in no time. – Extensive and thorough work on the Galician drug trafficking. – Fundamental Review of the history of smuggling, which helps us to understand how we got here. – Fariña read thanks flip style that imbues his work Carretero. – It’s not a problem attributable to the work of Galician journalist. But the chronicle relates, without reaching the Sicilian sleaze, it becomes very dark at times. The reader should be prepared for a slap the hard social reality of our country in recent history.
April 23, 2016
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