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Cocaine traffic in Galicia

peregrina2000

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Did you know that pigs in Spain outnumbered inhabitants by 3,5 millions???

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2...ent-spain-pigs-outnumber-humans-pork-industry

NOTE FROM MOD: I made an offhand reference to an article I saw that was linked to the article Kinky was talking about on his thread. The subsequent conversation was going back and forth between pigs and cocaine, so I decided to separate the threads.


What a coincidence. Reading Ghosts of Spain, I am currently reading the chapter about Galicia and how it is the cocaine pipeline from Latin America to Europe. And right at the bottom of the Guardian article on pigs, there was this news.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2...-reveals-resilience-of-galicias-cocaine-clans

Ghosts of Spain describes how Manuel Charlín’s daughter Josefa took over when her dad originally went to jail. Tremlett observes that this is just part of the gallego tradition of women taking over when men leave, though it is usually taking care of the cows while the men are working in the Americas, not running the narco business while dad is in jail. Sorry, this is way off topic, but part of the fascinating jumble that we walk through.
 
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Pelegrin

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What a coincidence. Reading Ghosts of Spain, I am currently reading the chapter about Galicia and how it is the cocaine pipeline from Latin America to Europe. And right at the bottom of the Guardian article on pigs, there was this news.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2...-reveals-resilience-of-galicias-cocaine-clans

Ghosts of Spain describes how Manuel Charlín’s daughter Josefa took over when her dad originally went to jail. Tremlett observes that this is just part of the gallego tradition of women taking over when men leave, though it is usually taking care of the cows while the men are working in the Americas, not running the narco business while dad is in jail. Sorry, this is way off topic, but part of the fascinating jumble that we walk through.


Shr took over despite having two brothers
 
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Pelegrin

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I know absolutely nothing about all this but when I read the comment my very first thought was that it was typical for modern Spanish women ... just my impression of today's Spain.

I'm not sure about that but on the series, Josefa is much smarter and ambitious than her two brothers. So finally she took over.
 
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I'm not sure about that but on the series, Josefa is much smarter and ambitious than her two brothers. So finally she took over.
Thanks for your comment. As I said, I know next to nothing about all this. My ideas about such families and the role of women in them is shaped by The Godfather and The Sopranos :cool: but I gather that already Josefa's mother played a more active role in the family "business".
 
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Pelegrin

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Thanks for your comment. As I said, I know next to nothing about all this. My ideas about such families and the role of women in them is shaped by The Godfather and The Sopranos:cool: but I gather that already Josefa's mother played a more active role in the family "business".

I am going to tell you a story. On my Tui -Santiago last July I arrived in Padrón on Sunday in the middle of a huge Feira. So I visited an usual huge tent to have pulpo.
I sat down in a table with a couple and I had a conversation with them. When they told me that they were from Vilagarcia de Arousa I recklessly said "Ah... the Fariña place".
Afterwards, when I tried to apologize for my comment they laughed and said "No problem, we don´t have anything to do with that business you can say what you want":)
 
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Ah... the Fariña place
This is all totally new to me ... quite different from the usual picture that is painted of Galicia ... I understand that this Spanish TV series has started on Netflix under the title "Fariña - Cocaine Coast" and it's apparently in English (dubbed, I guess) but also with Spanish subtitles. Interesting ...
 

Pelegrin

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This is all totally new to me ... quite different from the usual picture that is painted of Galicia ... I understand that this Spanish TV series has started on Netflix under the title "Fariña - Cocaine Coast" and it's apparently in English (dubbed, I guess) but also with Spanish subtitles. Interesting ...

I liked that series because the actors spoke Spanish but with Galician accent and some expresions what is unusual in Spanish series.
 

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Thank you all for your informative posts. When I think about it, I wonder if it is really a surprise that coastal countries would be receiving illicit substances from people willing to break the law.
 
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I liked that series because the actors spoke Spanish but with Galician accent and some expresions what is unusual in Spanish series.
Today I read - quite unexpectedly - about another successful Spanish TV series (La casa de papel - Money heist in English) that has also been created for Antena 3 first and then shown on Netflix for an international audience, similar to the TV series Fariña.

Apparently, a song previously known in Italy as a partisans song, entitled Bella ciao, is frequently heard in the Spanish TV series and has become the "summer hit" (song) 2018 in countries like France, Germany, Belgium etc.

Obviously, the conduits for cultural exchange in Europe are no longer restricted to trade and pilgrimage routes. ;)
 
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Apparently, a song previously known in Italy as a partisans song, entitled Bella ciao, is frequently heard in the Spanish TV series and has become the "summer hit" (song) 2018 in countries like France, Germany, Belgium etc.

(From La Casa del Papel)

And a bit unusual version by a Croatian punk band:
(name of the band KUD Idijoti means Cultural Artistic Society (CAS) Idiots :D)
 

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