Luis Echeverría Álvarez, president of Mexico from 1970 to 1976, has died this Friday night at 100 years of age, according to reports in local media. Echeverría Álvarez turned 100 years old on January 17. On November 14, 1969, he was elected as the candidate of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) for the presidency of the Republic, and triumphed in the 1970 elections.
The Mexican politician was a key actor in the massacres of October 2, 1968 in Tlatelolco and June 10, 1971, known as the “Halconazo”.
Echeverría is known for his role in the so-called “dirty war” or “state terrorism”, when his government supported the Cuban Revolution, Salvador Allende in Chile and Sandinism in Nicaragua, but behind closed doors he persecuted leftist and student movements. .
He faced trials for genocide for his role in the massacre of October 2, 1968, when he was Secretary of the Interior of President Gustavo Díaz Ordaz (1964-1970) during the massacre in Tlatelolco of more than 300 students, according to figures from civil organizations, which They protested against the government.
Already as president, he is held responsible for the “Halconazo” or the Corpus Thursday massacre of June 10, 1971, when paramilitaries organized by the government, called “los halcones”, attacked students who were demonstrating and left 17 dead.
After leaving the Presidency, he was appointed Mexico’s ambassador to UNESCO in Paris until 1979.
His last public appearance was in April 2021 to receive his covid-19 vaccine.