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Colombia: Shots Continue to Ring Out in Medellín

Written by Cati RestrepoTranslated by Andrew Cummings On 9 February 2013 @ 22:00 pm | 1 Comment

In Breaking News, Citizen Media, Colombia, Politics, Protest, Spanish, War & Conflict, Weblog

The city of Medellin [1] is facing a difficult public order situation. The most mentioned area is Comuna 13 [2] [es], with several nocturnal clashes [3] [es] on the first weekend of February. The situation became so serious that Metrocable [4] [translator's note: a cable car system] was forced to suspend its service for 15 minutes [3] [es]. Two people were injured by stray bullets that hit one Metrocable car [5] [es].

The Metrocable System in Medellín by Álvaro Ramírez on Flickr, with the permission of Creative Commons 2.0 [6]

The Metrocable System in Medellín by Álvaro Ramírez on Flickr, with the permission of Creative Commons 2.0.

In reaction to the events, two of the city's inhabitants, Juan Mosquera (@lluevelove [7]) and rapper Jeihhco (@Jeihhco [8]), took to Twitter to express their sadness and call for reflection. Global Voices has gathered some particularly pertinent tweets below:

Juan Mosquera

@lluevelove [9]: Balas en la noche, silencio en la madrugada, pólvora al mediodía, miedo en la tarde.

@lluevelove [9]: Gunshots at night, silence in the morning, dust at midday, fear in the evening.

@lluevelove [10]: No hay silencio que guarde las balas que retumban: su eco son tumbas.

@lluevelove [10]: There is no silence that can keep the shots that boom out: their echoes are tombs.

@lluevelove [11]: Toda la ciudad como una. Toda la ciudad comuna. Vos y yo tenemos la piel intacta pero estamos heridos los dos, como aquel que no conocés.

@lluevelove [11]: All the city as one. All the city – united. You and I have the skin intact, but we are both hurt, just like as the others you don't know.


@Jehhico [12]: Se oyen balas, de nuevo y sin saber hasta cuando arde Comuna 13, arde Medellín.

@Jehhico [12]: We hear shots ringing out once more, we don't know for how long Comuna 13 will burn, Medellín is on fire.

@Jehhico [13]: Entre la pólvora se camuflan las balas, entre la vida se va sintiendo cercana la muerte, sonidos que duelen en el corazón, en el alma.

@Jehhico [13]: In the gunpowder gunshots are hidden, in life we sense death's gradual approach, sounds that ache in the heart, in the soul.

@Jehhico [14]: Duele tanta mierda en las calles, el silencio que tiene el barrio a esta hora es un silencio doloroso, es aterrador, es miedo puro, latente.

@Jehhico [14]: So may crap in the streets, it hurts, the silence that has fallen in the neighbourhood righ now is a hurting silence, terrifying, pure, underlying fear.

Alongside the above, the hashtag #Medelllinnotienealcalde [15] [tn: roughly “Medellín has no mayor”] began to trend, a springboard for Twitter users to discuss the problems in the city, which has been characterised by its vigour but also by a history of violence and which has recently been nominated [16] [en] for the title of most innovative city in the world:

Ramiro Velásquez (@RamiroCiencia [17]) writes:

#MedellinNOTieneAlcalde [18] tiene un funcionario que no hace sino sonreír hasta que le preguntan por la INSEGURIDAD

#MedellinNOTieneAlcalde [18], it has a civil servants that does nothing but smile until he's asked about SECURITY PROBLEMS.

Eliana Castro (@fermina_dz [19]) notes:

#MedellinNOTieneAlcalde [18], tiene un representante de artistas extranjeros.

#MedellinNOTieneAlcalde [18], it has an agent for foreign artists.

Laura Albornoz Damme (

¿Por qué el #MedellinNOTieneAlcalde [18]? Creo que Medellin es ejemplo para las demás ciudades de Colombia ¿no?

Why #MedellinNOTieneAlcalde [18]? Isn't Medellín in many ways an example for the rest of Colombia to follow?

The city's current problems with respect to security are clearly complex, a fact made evident by online debate.

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URLs in this post:

[1] Medellin: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medell%C3%ADn

[2] Comuna 13: http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Javier_%28Medell%C3%ADn%29

[3] several nocturnal clashes: http://www.eltiempo.com/colombia/medellin/en-comuna-13-tiroteos-frenaron-al-metrocable_12555109-4

[4] Metrocable: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metrocable_(Medell%C3%ADn)

[5] stray bullets that hit one Metrocable car: http://noticias.telemedellin.tv/dos-personas-heridas-por-bala-perdida-en-la-linea-k-del-metrocable/

[6] Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/alvaroramirez/5692504415/sizes/o/in/photostream/

[7] @lluevelove: http://twitter.com/lluevelove

[8] @Jeihhco: http://twitter.com/Jeihhco

[9] @lluevelove: https://twitter.com/lluevelove/status/295979587626749954

[10] @lluevelove: https://twitter.com/lluevelove/status/295762219688419329

[11] @lluevelove: https://twitter.com/lluevelove/status/296028755124695040

[12] @Jehhico: https://twitter.com/Jeihhco/status/296045805415055360

[13] @Jehhico: https://twitter.com/Jeihhco/status/296099367914467328

[14] @Jehhico: https://twitter.com/Jeihhco/status/295897684655607809

[15] #Medelllinnotienealcalde: https://twitter.com/search?q=medellinnotienealcalde&src=typd

[16] recently been nominated: http://online.wsj.com/ad/cityoftheyear

[17] @RamiroCiencia: https://twitter.com/ramirociencia/status/295943925275963392

[18] #MedellinNOTieneAlcalde: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23MedellinNOTieneAlcalde&src=hash

[19] @fermina_dz: https://twitter.com/fermina_dz/status/295904175391383552

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