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6.01.2005

 

Bajo Cerro


Well, he doesn't look like the nicest guy, but I know of at least one person who shed a tear for him when he died.

Above is a picture of Peruvian president Luis Miguel Sánchez Cerro, who was assassinated in the presidential palace during the military coup of 1933. At the time, my great grandfather Otoniel served as an officer in the presidential guard. The story goes that Abuelito returned home that day in tears, having witnessed the assassination. I don't know how it all took place. For instance, did any of the guards try to shield the president, Secret-Service style, or did they simply step aside (likely, given that they were under the command of the military)?

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