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Salcedo retired to his finca, but did not cease all political activities. On June 6, 1957, he was assassinated in a Bogotá cantina in the south of the city. Surrounded by the police, he came out with his hands up. The police opened fire, killing him and his companions. 15 A later example from Panama was that of Hugo Spadafora Franco. A Panamanian medical doctor, Spadafora fought with guerrilla fighters in West Africa, served as Vice-Minister of Health under the Omar Torrijos regime, and formed a group to fight the Somoza regime in neighboring Nicaragua.
And Latin America is not an anomaly in this regard. There are abundant classical and historical precedents of elites resisting the rise of real or potential popular mobilizations with murder. ” In Sparta, the necessary route to full citizenship and membership in the hoplite battle line was a period spent living off the land and murdering individuals among the subject population of Helots, a practice meant to maintain Spartan domination. And one should also mention the murders of the Gracchi, Tiberius Sempronius, and Gaius Sempronius Gracchus, “Tribunes of the People” in the late Roman Republic.
Just doing their job is enough to get them killed. Ironically, the murder of journalists tends not to be big news. 26 They are regularly joined by academics, especially those who study politics 28 / A History of Political Murder in Latin America and violence. 3 million IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons) in Guatemala in the late 1980s. She was one of the few Guatemala scholars who ventured out into the countryside (foreign researchers were not as likely to be killed and could do more fieldwork).
A History of Political Murder in Latin America: Killing the Messengers of Change by W. John Green