Colombian writer Fernando Vallejo left his mark in Filbo 2023
Although he did not answer questions to the press, he did leave some statements on politics and other topics.
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The Antioquian writer, recognized for his controversial statements, participated in the 35th edition of the Bogotá International Book Fair (Filbo), where in addition to spending a long time signing autographs for his readers, he gave a speech in which he openly criticized several Colombian politicians.
Upon entering the José Asunción Silva de Corferias Auditorium, Filbo's usual venue, the author was received with strong and unanimous applause from the public, who occupied all the seats arranged to listen to Vallejo's intervention.
Colombia para la literatura es un país fantástico, no hay otro igual.En medio de su dolor y su tragedia Colombia es única.— Luis Fernando Vallejo Rendón (@Fer_Vallejo) April 12, 2023
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Vallejo, who was invited to present his most recent book ‘La conjura contra Porky’ (The conspiracy against Porky), a scathing criticism set in the days of social unrest that took place during the government of former president Iván Duque, did not miss the opportunity to criticize past presidents and the current one, as well as to the rest of the national political scene.
Filbo highlighted the meeting as:
A diatribe against the Colombian political system, about pollution, the growth of the world population and, especially, the current government of President Gustavo Petro.
Vallejo, with his direct and biting language, pointed out that in Colombia there are 6 ‘Porkys,’ referring to the former presidents who currently receive a pension, while expressing his discontent with the management of the current Colombian president, pointing especially to his proposals of reforms, the management of the economy, and the decisions made at Ecopetrol, the national oil company.
Vallejo's criticisms were also directed at the “constant candidates for the Presidency,” such as 'Fico' Gutiérrez, Germán Vargas Lleras, Jorge Enrique Robledo, and the sons of the assassinated politician Luis Carlos Galán, whom he points out to live off the assassination of their father as a strategy to reach the Bogotá Mayor's Office and from there jump to the Presidency.
Before concluding his speech, where he did not accept questions from the press, Vallejo did not miss the opportunity to criticize a new proposal on the birth rate in Colombia.
“For the love of God, stop giving birth already! What is this rascality of the pension bonus for those who are giving birth?”