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Salcedo was a cowboy and expert horseman, unsurpassed in his own environment. He developed into a master of guerrilla tactics, and was renowned for the defeat he inflicted on the army at Orocué in 1952, where he wiped out an entire column. Yet after the June 13, 1953, “golpe de opinion,” in which the reunited Liberal and Conservative elites backed the new Rojas Pinilla government, Salcedo responded to the offer of a cease fire and amnesty. In September Salcedo led three hundred followers 22 / A History of Political Murder in Latin America to sign a peace accord.

Jorge Eliécer Gaitán was the pivotal political figure in Colombia during the twentieth century. 19 Emerging from the left wing of the Liberal party, Gaitán came to embody the hopes and demands of the working- and middle-class pueblo and threaten the stable workings of the two-party system from 1928 through 1948. While some students have questioned whether Gaitán’s death was the product of an actual oligarchic plot,20 his death did show how effectively an assassination, or a whole slew 24 / A History of Political Murder in Latin America of them, could derail a big political movement.

Her murder had been ordered by Col. Juan Valencia Osorio, who worked on the presidential security detail. ”27 Her point was valid beyond Guatemala. Hernán Henao was also an anthropologist, professor, and dean at the Universidad de Antioquia in Medellín, Colombia, who fell afoul of the wrong people. He published extensively on political violence, internally displaced people, and human rights, and was a major critic of Colombian political repression. After various death threats, he declared the university campus a “territorio de paz” (territory of peace).

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