Trujillo Hero or Foe?

picture trujllo in uniform

If there is one thing I have discovered in life is that there are always two sides to every story.  It is therefore no surprise that General Rafael Leonidas Trujillo Molina was considered by many Dominican’s a hero. To begin with, he ousted Vásquez who had  spent the previous six years controversially clinging to power.  During his presidency, Trujillo put in place some good domestic policies that enabled the Dominican economy to expand, whilst foreign debt disappeared. The economy remained stable as the country continued to develop at a steady rate.

The reason why others may see him as a foe is that, despite being popular, Trujillo took power. Power was not given to him through democratic ways.  Under his leadership 12.000 to 25.000 Haitians were massacred as a result of his fascist ideologies. Many civil rights and liberties were violated as a result of Trujillo’s attempt to eliminate all opposition.

Later he was assinated in 1961. A strong economy can never justify the deaths of innocent people.


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