Reynaldo Bignone, Argentina’s last military dictator, died
March 8, 2018 By Staff
TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA
Eight years after he was sentenced to life in prison for crimes against humanity, Argentina’s last military dictator, Reynaldo Bignone, died after a heart attack in a military hospital yesterday. He was 90.
Also known as “the baby theft general,” Bignone was the last head of state of Argentina’s brutal 7-year dictatorship that ended in 1983. He was credited with overseeing the kidnapping and killing of left-wing opponents and the theft of their babies, who were then given to supporters of the regime.
The dictatorship stemmed from the “Dirty War,” a campaign to eradicate communist radicals and other dissidents in the Southern Cone. About 30,000 people disappeared or were killed during that war.
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