The controversial series “Matarife: an unspeakable genocide”, written by the journalist and lawyer Daniel Mendoza, opens this Friday and recounts the alleged relationships of former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe (2002-2010) with drug trafficking and paramilitarism.
The documentary series “will have five seasons in chapters that will not exceed six minutes although there are others of three and four minutes,” Mendoza explained this Friday to Efe by phone.
Mendoza, author of the scripts for the series, explains that for this work he relied on articles he wrote, as well as books and information published by news media.
The premiere of the series, created to be seen through closed groups on WhatsApp, will be held in Colombia at 7:00 p.m. local time this Friday (00:00 GMT on Saturday) and will later be available on Instagram and other platforms.
FOR COLOMBIA TO UNDERSTAND
“I did not expect that all this would be generated … I did it because I saw Uribe’s relations with the Colombian elite, with drug trafficking and with paramilitarism,” says Mendoza.
The series, which was already recorded in its entirety, had the support of three non-governmental organizations that Mendoza prefers to remain anonymous “for security”, and from today it will be available on WhatsApp.
According to Mendoza, his intention is “to translate for Colombians so that they can understand all the facts and the relationships between the different agents of violence in Colombia with Álvaro Uribe.”
Today Senator Uribe, founder of the Democratic Center party, has always denied having ties to paramilitarism, corruption and drug trafficking, whom he says he fought when he was president and even from other positions in the state.
Without mentioning the series, the uribistas have come to the defense of their leader in social networks, considering that the series affects the former president’s good name.
Former Deputy Minister of Justice Rafael Nieto Loaiza wrote on social networks that the attacks against Uribe “have two motives: the revenge of those whom he fought and defeated on battlefields and at the ballot box and the desire to demolish his image and works so that he did not be an obstacle to your desire for power. ”
“Those attacks have no limits,” he said.
On the other hand, the uribistas published a video a few days ago in which they make a tour of the former president’s political life.
In the first chapter of the film document entitled “Facts of the public life of Álvaro Uribe Vélez”, the narrator says that “in the exercise of his work as director (of Civil Aeronautics) he issued decree 2303 of 1981, which required the approval good of the National Narcotics Council and the military brigades of jurisdiction to carry out procedures in Aeronautics “.
It stands out that the drug traffickers tried to assassinate Uribe and that they offered up to 500 million pesos of the time for his life.
He also assures that at the request of Uribe himself, the Procuraduría (Public Ministry) investigated his actions at Aeronautics and when he was Mayor of Medellín (1982) but “did not find any merit after examining them” to open an investigation.
URIBE GUARDS SILENCE
Although Senator Uribe is used to defending himself against accusations against him from different fronts, this time he has not spoken about “Matarife”.
In an interview with BluRadio, Uribe was asked his opinion on the series and his response was that he was focused on issues of national interest such as the coronavirus pandemic.
On Twitter, the first trend in Colombia this Friday was the #SuperUribe hashtag, with which the former president’s defenders counterbalanced #MatarifeLaSerie, promoted by the developers of the web program.