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Betico Croes
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Full name
Gilberto François Croes
Born (1938-01-25)25 January 1938
Died November 26, 1986(1986-11-26) (aged 48)

Gilberto François "Betico" Croes (January 25, 1938 - November 26, 1986) was an Aruban political activist who was a proponent of Aruba's separation from the rest of the Netherlands Antilles. This eventually occurred, but Croes lapsed into a coma after an accident on 31 December 1985 (the night of status aparte) and was never conscious to see his accomplishment. He is called the father of the Aruban nation.

The accident he suffered was questioned by many, because a car was seen leaving the area after the accident. This conspiracy theory was never proven.

He was the leader of the political party People's Electoral Movement (Movimiento Electoral di Pueblo) and in 1976 was the person responsible for the Seal, Flag and Hymn of the island of Aruba. The hymn was co-written by renowned Padu Del Caribe (Padu Lampe), and Rufo Wever, who also composed the anthem.

He was also responsible for the referendum held in March 1977, regarding Aruba's independence, in which 83% of the votes were in favor of independence.

Betico Croes also was responsible for formally setting Aruba’s Independence Date for 1991, at the Round Table Conference in February 1981, But at the Round Table Conference in March 1983 the date for Aruba’s Independence was changed from 1991, and set in two stages/steps: the first stage/step: Aruba’s Independence from the Netherlands Antilles was set for 1986, and for ten years later, the second stage/step: Aruba’s Independence from the Netherlands, for 1996. At Betico’s arrival in Aruba, after the RTC, he was received with total approval and joy by the people.

He is also responsible for the fact that in August 1985: Aruba’s Constitution and its Independence first from the Netherlands Antilles, and then from the Netherlands, as agreed in March 1983, in Aruba’s Decolonization and Independence Agreement, is unanimously approved by all political parties in Aruba.

In the 1980s he recommended that Aruba should target tourism in order to diversify the economy since it depended mainly on the refinery.

Croes was also responsible for major projects for the people of Aruba, like F.C.C.A., the transportation company Arubus, the Sasaki Plan (he envisioned the area destined for hotels) and many more.

A monument on Plaza Libertador in Oranjestad, Aruba, showing "Betico" Croes holding an Aruban flag.

Aruba's official Holiday to remember him has been marked on January 25, his birth date.

Caya G. F. Betico Croes is named after him and is the main shopping street of Oranjestad, Aruba.

Has 2 sons, Glenbert and Junior Croes and 2 daughters Lalo Saladin-Croes and Guisette Croes.

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Mon, 17 Nov 2014 08:40:06 -0800

Met het vertrek van c.q. het “Status apartus” van Aruba begon de afbrokkeling van de Antillen als dusdanig daar in de werkelijkheid een van de vogels de til had verlaten (zie de strijd van wijlen Betico Croes). Minguel Poerier heeft ook een, niet met ...

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Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:47:55 -0700

... separation from The Netherlands(our mother). today is the birthday of the guy who fought that fight for our island and we call him our libertador "Gilberto Francois Croes" day(his bday if he was alive today) if you search Betico Croes on wikipedia ...
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Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:48:38 -0700

The first traditional date in the diary for the New Year is January 25 – Betico Croes Day. This commemorates the birthday of the 'Liberator of Aruba', the island's political leader who in 1986 led it to become an autonomous country within the Kingdom ...
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Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:03:45 -0700

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Wed, 03 Sep 2014 21:07:30 -0700

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Thu, 12 Dec 2013 09:23:08 -0800

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Mon, 18 Apr 2011 12:35:26 -0700

Betico Croes (foto uit 1982) wordt door velen beschouwd als een vader des vaderlands, die verantwoordelijk is voor de status aparte die Aruba in 1986 kreeg. Foto ANP. Onbekenden hebben zaterdag op Aruba het graf opengebroken van de 25 jaar geleden ...
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Wed, 17 Apr 2013 16:20:42 -0700

Jr middleweight Hector Camacho Jr. (54-5-1, 29 KOs) will face Arturo Crespin (8-2-1, 3 KOs) on May 3 at the Centro Deportivo Betico Croes in Aruba. The bout will be a ten rounder headlining an eight bout card billed as “Boxing On Aruba, One Happy ...

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