Time to learn a bit of Colombian history, kids. Turns out Jaime Garzón was and still is an influential yet controversial character. He rose to fame during the 90s as a political satirist on TV in programs such as Zoociedad and "¡Quac! El Noticero". Spanish speakers may be interested to see an example of his work below:
However, this was not the only string to his bow; Garzón was also a journalist and peace activist engaged with negotiations with the FARC. Garzón began a law degree at Universidad Nacional de Colombia but his involvement in politics and journalism prevented him from completing his studies. Before stepping into the limelight, Garzón was mayor of Sumapaz, a district in Bogota. He is noted for having improved the standard of living in the municipality. However, he caused controversy when responding to a telegram about the number of legal brothels in Sumapaz. Garzón responded: "Después de una inspección visual, informo que aquí las únicas putas, son las putas FARC." (Translation: "After a close inspection, the only whores here are the f*cking FARC) His humour unfortunately did not go down well in the political world. Consequently, this amongst other things led to Garzón being fired.
Garzón continued with his peace activism and journalism until his murder in 1999. The circumstances of his murder are still under investigation although it has been linked to right-wing paramilitaries. Garzón's legacy continues to this day, being a figurehead, in particular for students.
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