Colombian Cartels Are Executing People Who Break Coronavirus Lockdown | 22 Words

During the coronavirus pandemic, the use of face masks, as well as other social distancing rules, has been the center of an ongoing debate but now Colombia has taken things to the extreme.

According to many sources, cartels are taking care of lawbreakers...

Some countries have taken things to the extreme now...

For people not following lockdown rules.

Over recent months, our lives have changed completely.

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The pandemic has fully taken over.

However, in the past few weeks, little bits of normality have been appearing...

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With things beginning to reopen again.

But whilst things are getting back to normal, we must still take precautions.

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This is very important because we need to stop the spread of the virus.

In fact, some precautions are becoming mandatory in some places.

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Including here in the US.

In some states, it has become mandatory to wear a face mask on certain occasions.

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For example, in some retail stores like Costco, customers are required to wear one. And not to mention public transport. It can be annoying but it's something we all have to do for the greater good.

Some people are choosing to wear a face-covering regardless.

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To provide them with peace of mind.

But there are issues with face masks that many people have discovered.

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Not only are they in short supply, after most countries in the world are requiring PPE.

Meaning that many people are having to make their own.

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Both for themselves and for essential workers, as they are not being provided with enough.

But the other issue is that many people have discovered how uncomfortable face masks can be.

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Particularly when they are worn for a long period of time.

They can also make it hard to breathe.

You may think the uncomfortable nature is a small price to pay for the safety they could provide.

But obviously there has been an ongoing debate as to if they actually provide enough protection.

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The world seems to be divided on the issue, with lots of people claiming that the masks are in fact only an accessory used to control the masses.

And that's why many are refusing to wear them.

Anti-lockdown protests have been taking place, even since the President shut the country down a few months ago as people would rather "live freely than be oppressed by masks." Yikes.

Despite this, health experts have stressed their importance.

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Healthline describes them as "crucial in the fight against the pandemic." They stressed that this rule is to protect others and not yourself. Wearing a mask reduces the transmission of the disease by at least half.

An emergency physician named Dr. Luke Padwick said this:

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“Wearing a mask is good for two reasons: It’s going to cut down 95 percent of the breathing that sends the virus up to 6 feet away in a room, and also will reduce fecal/oral transmission by preventing the virus from getting into your nose or mouth" if you touch a contaminated surface and then your face," Padwick told Healthline. “I think this will slow down the virus a lot."

But there are some people still not following any of these rules.

But Colombia has taken things to a whole new level after there have been multiple deaths linked to the cartels patrolling the streets.

Human Rights Watch have warned that there have been at least 9 people involved in these incidents.

They have claimed that these individuals have all been "assassinated" in 3 separate incidents for either refusing to wear masks or not social distancing.

A town on the Pacific coast has even been taken over by gangs who have enforced their own rules.

They have banned local residents from fishing and have enforced a 5 PM curfew which is much harsher than government-imposed curfews.

At one point, even one community leader was murdered last month.

This was because he sent a written letter that alerted authorities to illegal activity occurring in the area. Edison Leon sent a warning out to members telling them about a group called "La Mafia." He was killed.

Another community leader spoke to The Guardian about the issue:

The article talked about how the area has been completely been taken over: "They have shut down transport between villages, and when someone is suspected to have Covid-19 they are told to leave the region or they will be killed."

He continued:

"And people have no choice but to obey because they never see the government here." So count yourself lucky you're not there. Wear a mask. Stay socially distanced. Keep scrolling to see what happens to people that don't wear facemasks in this country...