Colombian President: ‘Hypocritical’ War on Drugs Has Failed

Colombian President Gustavo Petro on Tuesday called for an “international convention” on the war on drugs, saying the world’s addiction to money, oil and carbon was destroying the Amazon rainforest and its people under the excuse of a “hypocritical” war against drugs.

“What is more poisonous for humanity: cocaine, coal or oil?” Petro asked in his first address to the U.N. General Assembly.

“The opinion of power has ordered that cocaine is poison and must be persecuted, while it only causes minimal deaths from overdoses … but instead, coal and oil must be protected, even when it can extinguish all humanity,” he said.

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