01.06.2009   Alter: 10 yrs
Kategorie: Lateinamerika - Karibik, dgs-info, Ausgabe 25

Cocaine Production Surge Unleashes Wave of Violence in Latin America

Cocaine production has surged across Latin America and unleashed a wave of violence, population displacements and corruption, prompting urgent calls to rethink the drug war. More than 750 tonnes of cocaine are shipped annually from the Andes in a multi-billion pound industry which has forced peasants off land, triggered gang wars and perverted state institutions. A Guardian investigation based on dozens of interviews with law enforcement officials, coca farmers, refugees and policymakers has yielded a bleak picture of the 'war' on the eve of a crucial United Nations drug summit. (The Guardian, London, 09.03.2009)