22/02/2019
The Monaco Building: A Memory

One of the first parts of this process of rebuilding memory was the installation of a plaque in honor of Valdemar Franklin in the lower part of Floresta Station of the Medellín Metro.

The victims are the protagonists of this new account, which will remember their bravery and ability to stand up to crime.

It took just three seconds for the eight floors of the Mónaco Building to become rubble and a cloud of dust. Its disappearance marked the start of a process of rebuilding a memory that aims to stop the victims of narcoterrorism from being forgotten.

After Pablo Escobar’s death and the subsequent fall of the Medellín Cartel, this building located in El Poblado neighborhood became an urban myth, which gave rise to all kinds of sensations, from pain to curiosity and even reverence.

The construction of Inflexión Memorial Park aims to give a new meaning to this place and to help create an account that puts an end to the heroic perception of drug traffickers and instead, values and acknowledges those affected by the car bombs, targeted killings and other attacks committed between the eighties and the end of the 20th century.

For some of the victims of the Medellín Cartel, the fall of the Mónaco Building sets out a path in which the past is shown as an opportunity to value the present and to strengthen social values.

For police brigadier Montes Barrientos, who lost one of her limbs when she was part of an anti-kidnapping operation, this is the start of a time when citizens are invited to remember the hundreds of police officers who died and were wounded in the war that the drug traffickers declared on this institution.

The parents of Daniel Vallejo died from the explosion of a bomb at La Macarena Bullring. For a long time, he refused to be seen as a victim, but now he feels that it is time to close this chapter and to tell his story for the construction of a new history.

For the current editor-in-chief of El Espectador, we need a reflection that includes different points of view to remember those people who were silenced for defending their ideas, like his uncle Guillermo Cano.

The former Mayor of Medellín, Juan Gómez Martínez, victim of an attempted kidnapping and explosion of a car bomb in front of his home, invites the new generations to see drug trafficking as a phenomenon that is surrounded by pain, death and greed.

Juan Manuel Galán invites Colombians to remember his father, presidential candidate Luis Carlos Galán, and all the people who were brave enough to denounce and prevent the incursion of drug trafficking into Colombian society.

Richard Franklin, son of Colonel Valdemar Franklin, believes that the best tribute we can pay to those who died in the war caused by the drug traffickers is to recover our social values and prevent drug addiction from continuing to destroy the lives of children and young people. He shares the memory of his father with the new generations, a brave and loving man who lost his life from confronting the drug mafia.