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.

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