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Betico Croes
Betico Croes (1985).jpg
Betico Croes (1985)
Full name
Gilberto François Croes
Born (1938-01-25)25 January 1938
Aruba
Died November 26, 1986(1986-11-26) (aged 48)
Aruba

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.

A famous quote from him is "Si mi cai na caminda, gara e bandera y sigui cu e lucha" (If I die in the field, grab the flag and continue the battle).


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24 news items

 
SFGate
Thu, 15 Jan 2015 16:44:43 -0800

From $6,307. www.hurtigruten.com. Holiday. Aruba: Gilberto Francois “Betico” Croes, the architect of his island's independence from the Netherlands, did not live to see it, but his Jan. 25 birthday became a holiday, marked by a 10K run, bike tour and ...

Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.uk
Fri, 20 Mar 2015 12:03:07 -0700

Take an electric-powered tuk-tuk ride back into Bonaire's history – starting at 17th-century Fort Orange, stopping off at the island's first hotel and prisoner of war camp, and visiting the giant statue of political activist Betico Croes. The tour ends ...

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Leesburg Today
Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:03:45 -0700

20-24 at the Centro Betico Croes Complex in St. Cruz, Aruba. Competing at the international level is a high honor for Jasmine, and also could provide a major stepping stone for selection to the U.S. Olympic fencing team. Of the 26 fencers selected ...
 
Venezolana de Televisión
Wed, 13 Mar 2013 20:11:15 -0700

Betico Croes fue el más grande estadista Aruba ha conocido. Nació el 25 de enero de 1938 en Santa Cruz, Aruba, padres de Francisco y María Luisa Croes. Fue un accidente automovilístico fatal en su ciudad natal en víspera de Año Nuevo 31 de diciembre ...
 
PAROOL.nl
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 ...

Bleacher Report

Bleacher Report
Wed, 01 May 2013 08:22:32 -0700

The Camacho name still generates curiosity from boxing fans. Though Hector Camacho Sr. passed away in November 2012 and Hector Camacho Jr. (55-5-1, 30 KO) is not a major contender, boxing fans still take notice when the name comes across their TV ...

Volkskrant

Elsevier
Mon, 01 Dec 2014 00:00:48 -0800

Zo was er in de begin jaren zeventig 'Betico' Croes, een groot voorstander van een autonoom Aruba. 'In ons land maakte minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin in 1990 al een Schets van een Gemenebestconstitutie voor het Koninkrijk,' schrijven Bosman en Van Raak.
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