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Last Survivor of Group That Killed Dominican Dictator in 1961 Dies

SANTO DOMINGO – Dominican Gen. Antonio Imbert Barreras, the last survivor of the group that killed dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo Molina exactly 55 years ago, died on Tuesday after having health problems for years, his family said. He was 95.

Imbert Barreras, declared a national hero, died a day after commemorating the 55th anniversary of Trujillo’s assassination.

Trujillo ruled the Dominican Republic with an iron fist for 31 years.

Imbert Barreras was born on Dec. 3, 1920, in the northern city of Puerto Plata.

The general was one of seven men who attacked Trujillo on the night of May 30, 1961, as the dictator was heading to his hometown of San Cristobal, located 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) southeast of the capital, with his driver.

Two years after Trujillo’s assassination, Imbert Barerras participated in the coup against Juan Bosch, the country’s first democratically elected president after the dictatorship.

Imbert Barerras was also among the officers who prevented Bosch’s return to power during the 1965 rebellion.

The general served as de facto president of the Dominican Republic in 1965.

 

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