erradicaban
-they were eradicating
The word erradicaban is the imperfect form of erradicar in the third person plural.
See the full erradicar conjugation

erradicar

Actualmente, los gobiernos erradicaban los cultivos de cannabis utilizando sus limitados recursos sin ofrecer otras fuentes de subsistencia a las personas afectadas.
Currently, the emphasis had been on eradication by Governments of cannabis cultivation with their own limited resources, without providing an alternative source of livelihood for those engaged in such cultivation.
Así, nos encontramos con la grotesca situación de que aquellos que ayudaban a las mujeres a caer y que se mostraban encantados cuando esto ocurría presidían movimientos que erradicaban sus placeres favoritos.
Thus, we have the grotesque situation in which those who helped women fall, and delighted when they did, presided over movements to stamp out their favorite pleasures.
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