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Hugo Banzer
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World Leader
    (May 10, 1926-May 5, 2002)
    Born in Concepción, Bolivia
    Minister of Education (1964-1966)
    Military attaché in Washington on Bolivia’s behalf (1967-1969)
    President of Bolivia (August 21, 1971-July 21, 1978, August 6, 1997-August 7, 2001)
    Nicknamed ‘El Petiso’ (the short one)
    Died in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
    His last name is ‘Panzer’ with the ‘P’ replaced with a ‘B’.
    He severely clamped down on all opposition in Bolivia during his first tenure, sparking protests among the clergy, students, peasants, and laborers.
    His first tenure, known as the Banzerato, was marked by the murders, arrests, and tortures of thousands of political opponents inside ‘horror chambers’, including the basement of the Ministry of the Interior.
    He closed Bolivia’s universities.
    He was accused of not doing much to help Bolivia’s Native American population.
    He was involved in Operation Condor, which involved extraditing political opponents to their respective countries.
    He got embroiled in the Water Wars that struck Cochabamba when its water works were privatized (2000).
    He was an anti-communist.
    He was trained at Fort Hood and Armored Cavalry School.
    He oversaw economic growth in Bolivia during his first tenure as president.
    He was ousted in a coup (July 21, 1978).
    He had made the successful transition from a military ruler into a civilian one.
    Ironically, he brought democracy to Bolivia.
    He sought to end coca production in Bolivia.
    He was five days shy of his seventy-sixth birthday when he died.

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