A pamphlet, spread in a large number of Medellín
neighborhoods, threatens its authors will soon carry out a social cleansing of
call-girls, strippers, prostitutes and their clients and imposed a 10PM
curfew on people in certain neighborhoods.
The warning, that began to be circulated in the poor neighborhood of
Moravia on Thursday, later appeared in many other neighborhoods in different parts of Colombia’s second largest city. So far, people from eight neighborhoods on both the east, northeast, west and northwest of the city, confirmed having received the pamphlets.
The letter, signed by a previously unknown group called Ogdis, warns parents not to let their children on the street after 10 PM, because the group “will not take responsibility if innocent people die”. People found in strip-clubs or places where there are prostitutes after 10PM “are lowlifes and bad men” and will be socially cleansed too, the group writes.
The group specifically focuses its threats on call-girls and prostitutes because they “have infected many with AIDS.”
The pamphlet announces the group will start its social cleansing “very soon” and apologizes “to society if innocent people die.”
The announcement of the upcoming social cleansing came one day after local authorities announced rigid security measures to curb soaring violence and because of the upcoming summit of the Inter-American Development Bank that will be held in Medellín from March 27 until March 31.
Medellín has seen a sharp rise in murders after the extradition of bosses of the demobilized AUC. Rumors say the ‘Aguilas Negras’, a group allegedly aligned with assumed drug lord Don Mario, has been violently taking control of neighborhoods that were previously under control of the Convivir, a collection of militias that collaborated with authorities, and the so-called Office of Envigado, that consists of former members of the AUC.