50th anniversary of Hugo Banzer’s coup d’état in Bolivia

Banzer relied on U.S. support and banned unions and civil rights. Torres went into exile in Buenos Aires, where he was kidnapped and murdered as part of the Condor Plan.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Today marks the 50th anniversary of the coup d'état orchestrated by Colonel Hugo Banzer against leftist President Juan José Torres in Bolivia, an event that marked the implementation of the sinister Condor Plan in the country.

On August 18, 1971 Banzer secretly entered Bolivia but was arrested in Santa Cruz and flown to the Carabineros barracks in La Paz. Three days later, a military triumvirate was set up and granted him the presidency. Thus Banzer would rule Bolivia with an iron fist for 7 years until he was overthrown by a new military coup.

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