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Hugo Banzer

Hugo Banzer (May 10th, 1926 - May 5th, 2002) was the military dictator of Bolivia from 1971 to 1978 and then as President from 2001 to his death in 2002 (five days before his 76th birthday). Human rights groups claim that during Banzer's 1971-78 tenure (known as the Banzerato) several thousand Bolivians sought asylum in foreign countries, 3,000 political opponents were arrested, 200 were killed, and many more were tortured. In the basement of the Ministry of the Interior or "the horror chambers" around 2,000 political prisoners were held and tortured during the 1971-1978 military rule.[1]Many others simply disappeared

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