#ThisDayinHistory 1960 is International Day For Elimination of Violence Against Women’s, marked today becaus e of the three Mirabal sisters, Minerva, Patria, and Maria Teresa, were brutally murdered on the orders of t he Dominican Republic’s leader, Rafael Trujillo #AceHistoryNews – @AceHistoryNews

#AceHistoryNews – Nov.26: The sisters hadn’t been terribly involved in politics before, but Trujillo’s actions inspired their activism: Throughout his reign, Trujillo was known to scout the country for beautiful women he could use for his pleasure #AceHistoryDesk reports

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Women who really couldn’t say no for fear of his retribution. Minerva soon realized that she was his scouted target, and turned him down…..It is said when forced the issue, she slapped him in the face……….Thereafter, Trujillo retaliated………….She was barred from her law school classes until she gave a public speech extolling Trujillo’s virtues. When she finally graduated years later she was a license to practice law…………….Her father was imprisoned and died shortly after being released……… Some time later, Minerva and her mother were kept as virtual prisoners in their hotel on a visit to the capitol……………Trujillo’s actions turned her sisters and their husbands into activists as well…………Collectively the three activist sisters became known by the codename Las Mariposas (the butterflies). When their attempt to assassinate Trujillo was exposed, the entire group was jailed……..Due to international pressure, the women were quickly released, but despite all the male conspirators being imprisoned Trujillo wanted revenge………Trujillo transferred their jailed husbands to a remote jail…………They knew it was a trap and their friends begged them not to not to go………..Secret police ambushed their jeep in the mountain pass……………Patria ran to a nearby truck, told the driver who they were, and to spread the word……..The secret police strangled and beat them, put them back into their jeep, and threw it over a cliff, to make it look like an accident #MirabalSisters #DominicanRepublic #History #WomensHistory #OTD #AceHistoryNews

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