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Augusto Vandor


Augusto Timoteo Vandor (19231969) was an Argentine trade unionist leader and politician.

Vandor was born Bovril, Entre Rios Province, to a Dutch father and a French mother, in 1923. He enlisted in the Argentine Navy in 1940, and later became an officer in the ARA Comodoro Py warship. He left the Navy in 1950, however, and joined the new Phillips factory in the Saavedra section of Buenos Aires. There, he met his future wife, and gained a reputation for strategic thinking that earned him the nickname of El Lobo (the Wolf). He became the steward of the Phillips factory [[w:es:Union Obrera Metalurgica|UOM]] local and in 1954, led a strike for better pay at the facility. Its success made him prominent in the UOM , but led to his arrest following a 1955 military coup that overthrew the populist administration of Juan Peron.

The mission's failure, and Alonso's support for a military coup against President Arturo Illia made opponents of Alonso and Vandor, and the two labor leaders backed opposing candidates in a Mendoza Province gubernatorial race in the 1965 elections. Vandor became increasingly critical of Peron, in part from a conviction that the aging leader might never return to Argentina. His vocal challenge to Peron's influence reached a high pitch during the Mendoza campaign, with slogans such as "For a Peronism without Peron," and "to save Peron, one has to be against Peron," and led the exiled leader to send his wife, Isabel, to promote Alonso's candidate. This resulted in the defeat of both Peronist candidates, however, and a conservative candidate was ultimately elected.

Related websites

UOM Tres de Febrero: Augusto Vandor

La masacre de Ezeiza

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