|A wreath and a plaque this afternoon on Carrera 7 beside Congress mark the spot where Rafael Uribe was assassinated 100 years ago today.|
|Rafael Uribe, portrait |
by Francisco Cano.
Uribe also fought for the Liberals in the 1895 civil war, which the Liberals lost.
He fought again in the 1899 civil war, which the Liberals lost.
And Uribe helped lead the Liberal side in the Thousand Day War of 1899-1902, which the Liberals also lost.
Uribe later entered Congress, but his often radically-leftist ideas were ahead of his time - and in the wrong place - and went nowhere.
|Forgotten figure? Practicing aerobics during La Ciclovia |
in front of Uribe Uribe's monument in Bogotá's
But despite his repeated defeats and frustrations, Uribe is remembered as a great figure in Colombian history - a refreshing perspective in a nation which generally worships winners.
Uribe was born of a farming family in Antoquia. He went on to study law and work as a professor, journalist and diplomat, as well as a military general and politician. His murder 100 years ago today made him a martyr.
|A plaque beside the Congress says that |
Uribe was murdered by two
If Uribe had lived at another time, when the Liberals were in power, he might have been a great reformer - perhaps a more radical Teddy Roosevelt. Instead, his ideas of land redistribution and aid to small farmers had to wait decades to be realized. Unequal land distribution has been a root cause of Colombia's many civil wars and insurgencies, and perhaps if Uribe's ideas had been implemented Colombia would have saved itself decades of guerrilla violence.
|Pedestrians pass the spot on Carrera 7|
between Calles 9 y 10 where Uribe was
assassinated in 1914.
Uribe in popular culture: According to Wikipedia: The character of Colonel Aureliano Buendía in One Hundred Years of Solitude was loosely based on Rafael Uribe Uribe. García Márquez's grandfather fought under Uribe's command in the Thousand Days War.
|Uribe Uribe's confessed killers.|
|A book by Uribe Uribe: 'Liberalism is not a sin.'|