Oberdan Sallustro (1915 in Asunción, Paraguay - 1972 in Buenos Aires) was an Italian-Paraguayan entrepreneur, Director General of FIAT Concord in Argentina. He was kidnapped and killed in 1972 by the Ejército Revolucionario del Pueblo (ERP) guerrilla group, according to newspaper reports.
Oberdan Sallustro had been kidnapped on March 21, 1972, by a six-man, one-woman commando unit of the ERP. The guerrillas shot and killed him on April 10, 1972, after the place where they had hidden him had been discovered. Both the kidnapping and the murder caused an enormous impact in the country itself and internationally.
Oberdan Sallustro in the culture
In popular culture, the Fiat 133, Fiat 673 and Fiat 130 AU were nicknamed "Sallustro" or "Vendetta de Sallustro". As it is understood, it is because they did not come out with the expected quality, in a kind of "rematch" for the violent death of Oberdan Sallustro.
- e.g. in "La Nación" on April 11, 1972
- "Only Kidnappers Know Fiat Executive's Fate". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Sarasota, Florida: Lindsay Newspapers, Inc. AP. March 30, 1972. pp. 2A. Retrieved July 12, 2010.
- (in Spanish) Informe sobre los derechos humanos en la Argentina, Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos, 1980
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