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The last survivor of the assassination of Trujillo dies at 96

Santo Domingo.-  The last survivor of the assassination of the dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo, Army Gen. ® Antonio Imbert Barreras died early Tuesday at 96, exactly 55 years and one day since the historic event.

Barreras was admitted to the CEDIMAT Medical Center with various ailments.

He was Dominican Republic’s de facto president in 1965, a member of the group that assassinated Trujillo in 1961, and took part in the coup to oust president Juan Bosch two years later, which unleashed the 1965 Revolution.

Assassination

In 1961 Antonio Imbert Barrera was a senior official in the government of Rafael Leonidas Trujillo and plotted with 10 others to assassinate him. President Trujillo’s death ended 31 years of bloody dictatorship. Only Imbert and one other survived the aftermath.

Imbert, who was 93 when he died, also took part in a US-backed coup in 1963 against the leftist President Juan Bosch. He later formed part of a military junta established after the coup and was declared president in 1965.

He also helped fight off the insurrection which aimed at returning Juan Bosch to power, which eventually sparked a US invasion.

Imbert was himself shot by followers of Trujillo in 1967, but survived.

Career

Barrera was Armed Forces Minister from 1986 to 1988 for then president Joaquin Balaguer, and was appointed in 1989 Chairman of the Board of the Rosario Dominicana gold mine, which went bankrupt during his tenure.

Source: DT, bbc.com

May 31, 2016

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