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Santo Domingo.- Constitutionalist freedom fighter Col. Francisco Alberto Caamaño Deñó died 44 years ago today, as the national hero sought to reinstate deposed president Juan Bosch to office.

Caamaño, who was president-at-arms in compliance with the Constitution, was shot after being captured by troops of the Joaquin Balaguer regime in the Central Mountain Range on February 16, 1973.

From May 4 to September 3 that year he was president and military commander during the Revolution of April of 1965.

Caamaño and other revolutionary leaders like Army Col. Rafael Fernandez Domínguez fought to restore the Constitutional Presidency of Juan Bosch and against the US-led occupation of the country, which killed thousands of Dominicans and a handful of US troops.

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6 comment(s)
Written by: anthonyC, 16 Feb 2017 6:54 PM
From: United States

A hero dies but once and a Coward dies a thousand times.

Caamaño has dies 1000 times over and over again.

Rot in hell you Yellow, Thief
Written by: venganzaderafael, 16 Feb 2017 8:40 PM
From: United States
Caamaño was not a communist, but he did accept Castro's refuge. As a matter of fact, when approached by Col. Fernandez Dominguez to join his Constitutional Military Movement, Caamaño resisted doing so to bring Bosch back. He would do it for new elections. Only at seeing Fernandez' determination to bring back the constitutionally elected govt of 1963 did he relent and back Bosch.
His going to Cuba was the only response left to him after the US installed and backed govt of Balaguer persecuted the Constitutionalist after the civil war.
He was a courageous Patriot who fought against his superiors to uphold OUR constitution. This man was not a coward. You couldn't fit in his jockstrap toni.
Written by: anthonyC, 17 Feb 2017 2:09 AM
From: United States

Pffftttt....He was a wannabee, dictator who had delusions of being another Fidel.

When he was captured after his inept attempt at revolution he gladly sold out his fellow revolutionaries in an attempt to save his own skin.
The Army troops that held him were disgusted by his cowardly act and quickly put bullets in him to rid this planet of the vermin.

Written by: venganzaderafael, 17 Feb 2017 4:20 PM
From: United States
You were there of course, huh toni?
Written by: generoso, 17 Feb 2017 7:15 PM
From: Dominican Republic
Written by: generoso, 17 Feb 2017 7:16 PM
From: Dominican Republic
Tony the Cuban might have been there venganza, or he probably knew some Cuban-American advisers to the DR armed forces, that trained the anti guerrilla group that captured Caamaño. Coronel Caamaño was definitely not a coward, and revealed no useful information about the rest of the doomed guerrilla group. I spoke to general Carlos Castillo who was a captain at the time and was there, as well as general Hector Garcia Tejada who was a major at the time and was there also, and they both reiterated that Caamaño was questioned and only offered misleading information to his captors, as he was trained to do. This was later confirmed by Claudio Caamaño whom I also spoke to, who was part of Caamaño's guerrilla and was the only one to avoid capture. The only cowards there where the ones who executed a defenseless and wounded prisoner, actions against all military honor and dignity as well as the Geneva convention, and they will always reside in the cowards trash can of history.
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