Hugo Banzer Suárez inaugurated President of Bolivia

On August 22, 1971, Hugo Banzer Suárez took power as the President of Bolivia in a military coup.  The politician, military general and dictator was another less than illustrious graduate of the US Defense Department’s School of the Americas.  He was also trained at Fort Hood Armored Cavalry School in Texas and spent time in Washington, DC, as a military attaché. Many observers reported that Banzer’s rule was viciously oppressive, as he and his regime jailed, exiled and murdered labor leaders and leftist politicians.  More than 15,000 people were arrested, 19,000 fled Bolivia, and 200 were assassinated during his term in office. In another political incident, over 100 Bolivian citizens were massacred in 1974.
El 22 de agosto de 1971, Hugo Banzer Suárez asumió la presidencia de Bolivia en un golpe militar. El político, general militar y dictador fue otro graduado menos que ilustre de la Escuela de las Américas del Departamento de Defensa de Estados Unidos. También se formó en la Escuela de Caballería Blindada de Fort Hood en Texas y pasó un tiempo en Washington, DC, como agregado militar. Muchos observadores informaron que el gobierno de Banzer fue brutalmente opresivo, ya que él y su régimen encarcelaron, exiliaron y asesinaron a líderes sindicales y políticos de izquierda. Más de 15.000 personas fueron detenidas, 19.000 huyeron de Bolivia y 200 fueron asesinadas durante su mandato. En otro incidente político, más de 100 ciudadanos bolivianos fueron masacrados en 1974.

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