Who's your favourite national hero?

Sepak

Cocaine
Staff member
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Mine is Gustavo Rojas Pinilla.

Army general, dictator and arguably the greatest president to have governed Colombia. He gained the presidency with a coup d'état, known as the "golpe de opinión" because it didn't require a single gun to do it, in 1953. He was part of the worst era in the history of my country, La Violencia, a war between conservative and liberal parties which ended countless lives and introduced the formation of guerrillas all around the country. He was able to dismantle liberal guerrillas, providing a time of peace after such bloody and chaotic decade. In his three years as president he accomplished unthinkable things in such a short period of time.
He introduced television, gave rights to indigenous peoples, made telephones accessible, created theaters, radio stations, national television, public banks, hospitals, the first international airport, gave rights to women, including the right to vote. He impulsed cultural enterprises, founded universities, schools and the national center of familiar welfare and many more things. He really was a great man.

Honorable mentions:

Jorge Eliécer Gaitán

The people's advocate, a man who fought until the end for the justice of the working class, with so many radical ideas to improve the country who was sadly assassinated when he was about to become president, which originated La Violencia.

And of course, the great Gabriel Garcia Marquez


I might add other personal heroes: Jaime Garzón, Carlos Pizarro, Estanislao Zuleta, Camilo Torres Tenorio, Camilo Torres Restrepo, Policarpa Salavarrieta.
 

Sir Didier Drogba

Head Official
Ah yes. I went to a gala screening of a film about him at the Venezuelan embassy in vancouver. I was not invited and made to feel very unwelcome!
 

Sepak

Cocaine
Staff member
Moderator
Sir Didier Drogba;3852016 said:
On a more serious note, I am actually not at all fond of the writings of Marquez.

What have you read? And have you enjoyed any magic realism book? The way he describes the history of Colombia through Macondo is just too beautiful to not fall in love with it.
 

chygry

Starting XI
Sepak;3852286 said:
No, chygry. He is not related to that infamous drug lord.
My man! I know he isn't. I know all about his story and it's really sad. :/

EDIT: For those who don't know this somehow, it's Andrés Escobar who got shot in Colombia after the 1994 World Cup. He scored a really unlucky own goal. It's not certain whether he got killed because of that, it's more likely that he met the wrong people at the wrong time. Although reports say that they mentioned something about football when they shot him. There's an amazing documentary about him, definitely worth a watch.



Fuck it's dubbed so you don't hear the cool Colombian Spanish accent that much.
 

Sir Didier Drogba

Head Official
Sepak;3852285 said:
What have you read? And have you enjoyed any magic realism book? The way he describes the history of Colombia through Macondo is just too beautiful to not fall in love with it.

I'm really not a fan of the magic realism genre, despite giving it a good chance. I read 100 years of solitude, leaf storm and autumn of the patriarch, the latter two whilst I was in South america. Not impressed.
 


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