Colombia: Twitter Reactions to the Colombian Bicentennial and its Google Doodle

On July 20, Colombia celebrates 200 years of the declaration of independence and the start of the wars which ended August 7, 1819, when the then New Granada achieved its definitive independence from Spain.

Fireworks during the celebration of the Bicentenary of Colombian independence in Medellín

Fireworks during the celebration of the Bicentennial of Colombian independence in Medellín, July 19, 2010. Photo by Flickr user Telemedellín, used under a Creative Commons licence.

In the early hours of the day, some Colombian Twitter users reacted to Google's commemorative Doodle, featured [es] on Google's Colombia home page [es]. The logo was designed by 14-year-old Yennifer Valderrama, depicting [es] “a Spanish ship leaving our islands and the Colombian flag driven into one of them as a sign of freedom.”


estoy equivocado? pero el dodle de google parece mas al descubrimiento de america

am i wrong? but google's do[o]dle looks more like the discovery of the Americas


Ese doodle quedaría mas si hoy fuera 12 de Octubre de 2012

That doodle would fit better if today was October 12, 2012


No puedo dejar de mirar el doodle de Google.. parece Logo de conquista y no de #Independencia … #epicfail

I can't stop looking at Google's Doodle… it looks like a conquest logo and not an #independence one … #epicfail


el doodle de google hoy parece más una apología a la colonización que a la supuesta independencia que se celebra hoy #bicentenario

Today's Google Doodle looks more like an apology of colonization than the alleged independence we celebrate today #bicentennial


Que chevere el doodle de google, dibujado por una niña colombiana de 14 años #bicentenario

Google's Doodle is so cool, drawn by a 14-year-old Colombian girl #bicentennial


Y el doodle de Google recuerda un poco más la Independencia de Cartagena, 11 Noviembre 1811, que el berrinche Santafereño, 20 Julio 1810

And Google's Doodle reminds me more about the Independence of Cartagena, 11 November 1811, than the Santafé tantrum, 20 July 2010


¿lo que pinto la niña en el doodle de google es el canal de panama?

is what that girl painted on Google's Doodle the Panama Channel?

Other users tweeted their thoughts and their views regarding the commemoration:


Hoy festeja ese país de la historiografía de bolsillo, de la bandera como manilla, del sombrero vueltiao de cartulina y del ‘pop tropical’.

Today that country of the pocket historiography, the flag turned into a handle, the card-made sombrero vueltiao and the ‘tropical pop’ is celebrating.


Si uno ama al país del que es, tener actitud crítica, que no necesariamente es criticona, es lo mejor que puede hacer para aportarle.

If you love the country you are from, having a critical attitude, which not necessarily is a fault-finding one, is the best you can do to contribute.


Celebrar el #bicentenario no es respaldar la labor de gobierno Uribe, para que no confundan los que dicen que no se sienten colombianos.

Celebrating the #bicentennial is not supporting the Uribe administration, so those claiming they don't feel Colombian don't confuse [the two].


Ya se les dijo que hoy no es dia de criticar, pero tampoco se hagan los patriotas gritando a los 4vientos “que LInda es Colombia” falsos.

You've already been told that today is not a day for criticizing, but don't pretend to be patriots either yelling for everyone to hear “Colombia is so beautiful,” you hypocrites.


El problema es que los colombianos nos creemos los más chimbitas, y eso no nos deja aceptar que hay problemas que resolver #Bicentenario

The problem is that we Colombians believe we're the most awesome, and that won't let us accept that there are problems to solved #Bicentennial


Mi TL saca chispas motivo #bicentenario. Hoy no veo por ninguna parte la tal unidad nacional que creó Ingrid Betancur.

My [timeline] is hopping mad because of the #bicentennial. Today I don't see anywhere the so-called national unity Íngrid Betanc[o]ur[t] created.


les recuerdo a los q nos mandan a callar o nos invitan a salir del país, q la independencia se hizó gracias a gente inconforme #Bicentenario

I remind all of you shutting us up or inviting us to leave the country, that the independence was achieved thanks to nonconformist people #bicentennial


Son 200 años de historia de una Patria que construímos usted y yo día a día nos unen nuestros anhelos por un futuro mejor FELIZ BICENTENARIO

It's 200 years of history of a Motherland you and I build every day, our wish for a better future put us together HAPPY BICENTENNIAL


Colombia = Pasion, TwitterColombia = DRAMA! ni HOY se calma el drama…

Colombia = Passion, TwitterColombia = DRAMA! Not even TODAY drama eases off…


Realmente no me siento comodo con ninguna muestra de poder militar. Muy bonitos sus aviones… Pero no los quiero cerca

Actually I don't feel comfortable with any military power demonstrations. Their planes are very nice… but I don't want them close by


Saber que tanto desfile, tantos Tucanos y tanta cosa se ve de juguete al lado de los tanques, Sukhoi y F16 de los vecinos…

To know that so many parades, so many Tucanos and so much stuff looks like toys at the side of the tanks, Sukhois, and F16 our neighbours have…


La historia de todo lo malo que nos han hecho puede ser la misma historia de lo pusilánimes que hemos sido.

The history of all the bad things they've done to us may be the same history of how weak we have been.

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