Colombians stranded in Argentina suffer theft and other hardship during their journey

BOGOT — The nightmare experienced by 18 fans of Independiente de Medellin after almost two months in Argentina, came to an end on Monday.

Fans of the “Poderoso de la Montaña” had traveled to Buenos Aires to attend the Copa Libertadores duel on March 10 in La Bombonera against Boca Juniors. As they set out on the ground, the coronavirus pandemic broke all of his aspirations to return home.

On Monday, 128 other people arrived in Medellin on Monday and obtained permission from the Colombian authorities to return to the middle of quarantine. argentina soccer jersey

Chancellor Claudia Blum celebrated her arrival and noted that more than 2,400 Colombians have returned to the country on 22 humanitarian flights.

The group was originally made up of 39 fans, of whom 21 managed to leave Argentina at the end of the match in which Boca Juniors beat Independiente de Medellin 3-0. The coronavirus forced the suspension of the tournament a few days later.

Fans set out on the long journey home by land. As they were about to cross the border with Bolivia, Argentine President Alberto Fernandez closed the country’s borders by advancing the coronavirus. Days later, on March 20, he decreed a mandatory quarantine.

The fans spent 15 days in the border town of La Quiaca, in Jujuy province, where “we were beaten and robbed,” said Angelo Taborda, who served as the group’s spokesman, in a phone interview with The Associated Press.

The crossing would have a new chapter when DIM fans were boarded on a bus and sent back to Buenos Aires. After again traveling 1,500 kilometers, the police stopped them at one of the entrances to the capital because the vehicle was not authorized to drive.

Fans lived from hotel to hotel and underwent a test to determine if they had coronavirus. The results were negative and will now be quarantined before joining their families.

AP journalist Deborah Rey contributed this firm from Buenos Aires.

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