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Rafael Trujillo

Rafael Leónidas Trujillo Molina (24 October 1891 – 30 May 1961), nicknamed El Jefe, was a Dominican dictator who ruled the Dominican Republic from February 1930 until his assassination in May 1961. He served as president from 1930 to 1938 and again from 1942 to 1952, ruling for the rest of the time as an unelected military strongman under figurehead presidents. His rule of 31 years, known to Dominicans as the Trujillo Era, is considered one of the bloodiest political regimes ever in the Americas, and centered around a personality cult of its leader. Trujillo and his regime were responsible for many deaths, including between 12,000 and 30,000 Haitians in the infamous Parsley Massacre in 1937.

During his long rule, the Trujillo government extended its policy of state terrorism beyond national borders. Notorious examples of Trujillo's reach abroad are the assassination attempt in Caracas against Venezuelan President Rómulo Betancourt in 1960, the abduction and subsequent disappearance in New York City of the Spaniard Jesús Galíndez in 1956, and the murder of writer José Almoina in Mexico, also a Spaniard.By 1960, Trujillo had amassed a net worth of $800 million ($5.3 billion today). On 30 May 1961, Trujillo was assassinated by conspirators sponsored by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). In the immediate aftermath, Trujillo's son Ramfis took temporary control of the country, and vowed revenge for his father. By 19 November 1961, Trujillo's relatives and allies were forced to leave the country. An example is Joaquín Balaguer, who fled to New York City. Before leaving, those allies killed the surviving members of the assassination plot.

The Trujillo era unfolded in a Hispanic Caribbean environment particularly susceptible to dictators. In the countries of the Caribbean Basin alone, his dictatorship overlapped with those in Cuba, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Venezuela, and Haiti. In perspective, the Trujillo dictatorship has been judged more prominent and more brutal than those that surrounded it. Trujillo remains a polarizing figure in the Dominican Republic, as the sheer longevity of his rule makes a detached evaluation difficult. While his supporters credit him for bringing stability and prosperity to the country, others criticize his heavy-handed and violent rule scorning civil rights and freedoms.

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Some of their strengths

Rafael Trujillo has many admirable traits.

Based on spiritual traditions from around the world, they are someone who can be described as Passionate, Intense, Intuitive, Imaginative, Creative, Compassionate, and Loyal.

Intense and Passionate

According to Mysticism’s Astrology tradition, Rafael Trujillo is someone who is an intense, passionate, and intuitive person who is fiercely independent, authentic and direct when engaging with others. A person who is charismatic and resourceful.

Adaptable and Versatile

Based on Daoism’s Ba-Zi or ‘Chinese Zodiac’ tradition, people who know Rafael Trujillo well know them as someone who can be adaptable, flexible, and polite, like a flower or a sapling.

Courteous and Easygoing

According to Hinduism’s Jyotisha or ‘Vedic Astrology’ tradition, many would also describe Rafael Trujillo as someone who is polite, modest, and diplomatic.

A person who tends to be socially popular, who loves intellectual or creative activities, who has a talent for communicating with and understanding the needs of others, and who seems to have a knack for getting recognized for their efforts.

Social and Intuitive

Based on the Mayan Tzolk’in or ‘Mayan Astrology’ tradition, Rafael Trujillo is someone who values forming deep friendships and relationships, and who has strong intuition and reasoning skills .

They are also someone who is active, giving, optimistic, and cheerful, and who possesses a charisma that attracts friends and admirers.

Mysterious and Methodical

According to Judaism’s Kabbalah tradition, Rafael Trujillo tends to be someone who can come across as mysterious and intense, who can be a complex thinker who is methodical and intuitive, and who can overcome challenges that most others would not be able to.

Some of Rafael Trujillo's challenges

While Rafael Trujillo has many strengths, nobody is perfect. They also have some challenging traits they need to manage.

For example, Rafael Trujillo can be Emotional, Complicated, Brusque, Standoffish, Indecisive, Materialistic, and Pleasure-seeking.

Complicated and Brusque

One of Rafael Trujillo's key challenges is that they are someone who can be complicated and gruff with others.

Rafael Trujillo must also exercise caution as they can have a hard time reconciling wants and needs.

Indecisive and Materialistic

Rafael Trujillo is someone who can be indecisive, indulgent, and materialistic, who can have difficulty focusing on a single career or profession, have difficulty following orders or respecting authority, and who can suffer from "analysis paralysis".

Sensitive and Aggressive

Finally, Rafael Trujillo also can be too "touchy-feely", have a hard time expressing feelings, be too aggressive and headstrong, and be too unforgiving of others' mistakes.

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