THE AMERICAS: Four Precedents

Cuba's Batista is the fifth major Latin American dictator deposed in the last four years. The others:

¶ Argentina's General Juan Perón, kicked out by an army revolt in September, 1955, after ten years in power.

¶ Nicaragua's General Anastasio ("Ta-cho") Somoza, assassinated in September 1956,' after 23 years in power.

¶ Colombia's General Gustavo Rojas Pinilla, ejected by an army-civilian uprising in May 1957, after four years in office.

¶ Venezuela's General Marcos Pérez Jimenez, tossed out of office by an army-civilian revolt last January after nine years of despotic power.


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