Gregorio Álvarez

General and Dictator Gregorio Álvarez

Full Name: Gregorio Conrado Álvarez Armelino also known as El Goyo
Profession: General and Dictator


Biography: Gregorio Álvarez was the last of five Presidents to preside over Uruguay's repressive dictatorship. Álvarez participated in the country's 1973 coup, supposedly to counteract the threat of Marxist Tupamaro rebels. Álvarez became Chief of the Army in 1978 and was named president in 1981.

In 1984 Álvarez agreed to elections for a civilian government after a general strike and was replaced by Rafael Addiego as interim president then by Julio María Sanguinetti.

In 2009 Álvarez was convicted of human rights abuses and sentenced to 25 years in prison. He died in prison in 2016.

Born: November 26, 1925
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Died: December 28, 2016 (aged 91)
Cause of Death: Died in prison of unknown causes

Historical Events

  • 1981-09-01 Uruguay's Ruling Council names Gregorio Álvarez as transitional President (he rules till 1985)
  • 2009-10-22 Former Uruguayan dictator Gregorio Álvarez sentenced to 25 years in prison for aggravated murder of 37 Uruguayan dissidents who had fled to Argentina

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