Abe joins the list of assassinated leaders who shake the world

Japanese continue to remember the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Photo La Hora/AFP

The Japanese are experiencing a shock after the shocking murder of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, during a political rally, particularly in a country where firearms are prohibited, and where there were barely 10 such events in 2021, with a single fatality.

As in the case of Abe, humanity has witnessed throughout its history crimes that ended the lives of various political leaders and different personalities.

When reviewing history, it is enough to go back 157 years to learn about the first attempt on the life of an American President. On the night of April 14, 1865, while Abraham Lincoln attended the play “Our American Cousin” with his wife at Ford’s Theater in Washington, John Wilkes Booth, an actor and supporter of the Confederate States, shot him in the head. to the head of state, who died the next day.

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The late British rock singer and songwriter John Lennon is projected with the sounds of his ‘Imagine’ during the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Photo La Hora/AFP

The crime against the president, who approved the 13th amendment to the United States Constitution that abolished slavery, was motivated as part of a conspiracy to gather Confederate troops to continue fighting in a civil war that was coming to an end. Six days after the bombing, authorities found Booth. The actor refused to give up and was shot down.


On August 20, 1940, Lev Davidovich Bronstein, better known to the world as Leon Trotsky, a key politician in the Bolshevik revolution, who had been the second-in-command of the main leader, Vladimir Lenin, received a fatal blow with an ice ax in the head in his residence in Mexico, where he lived in exile. Despite having undergone several operations, on August 21 he finally died.

The Spanish communist militant and agent of the Soviet NKVD security service, Jaime Ramón Mercader del Río Hernández, was the one who, after faking a courtship with secretary Silvia Ageloff, one of the revolutionary’s secretaries, managed to infiltrate the closest circles of the Soviet, managing to specify a time alone with Trotsky in his office on the pretext that he was reading one of his writings.

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One of the most shocking crimes was the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. LH file


The acceleration of globalization and technology allowed the world to shake on November 22, 1963 as it watched the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on television. At 12:30 pm, the 49-year-old president was fatally shot while driving in the presidential car in Dealey Plaza, along with the first lady, Jackie Kennedy.

Three official investigations concluded that a former Marine and clerk at the Texas School Book Depository in Dealey Plaza named Lee Harvey Oswald was the killer. However, the reason for his actions could not be determined, since two days later, Oswald was shot dead when he was transferred to testify in court. He was another assassin seen live on television.


“I want you to know tonight that we as a people will make it to the promised land.” Those were some of the last words that the leader of the peaceful movement to achieve equal civil rights for the African-American community, Martin Luther King, uttered before being shot in the head by a sniper while greeting his followers from the balcony of the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968, when he was 39 years old.

The attack against the Nobel Peace Prize caused stupefaction in the US, causing serious disorders and fires that resulted in about 50 deaths. Two months after King’s murder, escaped convict James Earl Ray was captured at London Heathrow Airport while attempting to leave the United Kingdom. After being arrested Ray agreed to plead guilty to avoid a conviction in court and thus the possibility of receiving the death penalty; for which he was sentenced to 99 years in prison.

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President Carlos Alberto Castillo Armas was assassinated inside the Presidential House in 1957. LH File Photo


Guatemala has not been the exception of attacks against heads of state. Three years after leading the 1954 coup d’état coordinated by the American Intelligence Center to overthrow Jacobo Árbenz Guzmán, on July 26, 1957, President Carlos Alberto Castillo Armas was assassinated inside the Presidential House, when he was accompanied by his wife Odilia Palomo.

According to reports, an alleged member of his guard, identified as Romeo Vásquez Sánchez, approached the two, greeted them at the same time as he shot Castillo twice.

In confusing circumstances to date, after the president was shot twice, the first lady warned that the soldier was going down the stairs, when the guards went up, they found the body of Vásquez Sánchez, a 24-year-old native of Mazatenango, who for two months had been at the service of the Presidential House.


Just five years after Oswald took his older brother’s life, Senator Robert F. Kennedy was also assassinated early Wednesday, June 5, 1968, in Los Angeles, California during celebrations of his successful campaign in the primaries. of California in his attempt to obtain the Democratic nomination for the presidency of the North American country.


The leader of the United Front of the Revolution (FUR) political party and mayor of Guatemala City, Manual Colom Argueta, after finishing his term in the commune, was assassinated on March 22, 1979 by multiple gunshots.

According to the Commission for Historical Clarification (CEH) of the United Nations, the crime against Mr. Manuel Colom Argueta was carried out by a command of the Presidential General Staff (EMP), the elite body dismantled in 2003, which was the responsible for the security of the current president.


In addition to political leaders, artists spreading a peace speech also ran the same strong. On Monday, December 8, 1980, the British singer and leader of the Beatles, John Lennon was shot five times by Mark David Chapman, while Lennon entered his residence in the Dakota building, in New York, with his wife Yoko Ono. .


On Wednesday, March 23, 1994, in the afternoon, the candidate for the Presidency of the Republic of Mexico for the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), Luis Donaldo Colosio Murrieta, was assassinated. His crime is considered the first assassination in Mexico since the assassination of Álvaro Obregón on July 17, 1928, while the PRI candidate was campaigning.

On July 8, the Mexican Attorney General’s Office reopened the case, according to the newspaper El Universal. According to information in the newspaper, the Public Ministry formed a group with prosecutors and police officers to focus on the “exhaustive investigation of the events” that occurred in Tijuana, Baja California.


Entering the last decade of the 20th century, drug trafficking began to experience more boom in the American continent, especially in the political environment. Colombian Luis Carlos Galán, leader of the New Liberalism party, was assassinated on August 18, 1989 shortly before he began his speech at a public electoral event in the municipality of Soacha, Cundinamarca.

The Colombian authorities determined that his death would be carried out by drug traffickers associated with the Medellín Cartel, Los Extraditables, led by Pablo Escobar and the liberal politician Alberto Santofimio.


After Abe, the most recent on this list is the president of Haiti, Jovenel Moïse, who died in office just a year ago, on July 7, 2021, in an attack on his residence, allegedly orchestrated by an armed group. made up of foreign mercenaries, mostly Colombians, who were arrested days later.


Argentine singer-songwriter Facundo Cabral was murdered in Guatemala early on Saturday, July 9, 2011, when he was traveling in the car of Nicaraguan businessman Henry Fariñas, who was injured in that attack.

This Saturday marks the 11th anniversary of his death in the country. According to investigations, the attack was directed against the Nicaraguan businessman. The events occurred in zone 12 of the capital, after his last concert in the city of Quetzaltenango, and he was taken to the airport to leave Guatemala.

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Abe joins the list of assassinated leaders who shake the world