the 1960's began, the Trujillo regime was facing increasing criticism, as
people both inside and outside the Dominican Republic denounced the despotic
government. One of the more vocal Trujillo critics was Rómulo Betancourt,
then the president of Venezuela. Trujillo ordered two failed attempts to
assasinate Betancourt. This only served to increase international criticism.
As the world entered this new decade, the Dominican youth had been overtaken
by a desire for political change.