General Victoriano Huerta, was a brutal, ruthless fighter -widely feared, despised and an alcoholic. He was a favourite of Mexican #dictator Porfirio #Díaz and rose quickly as he suppressed Indian uprisings and especially when hostilities broke out after a farcical 1910 #election. The opposition candidate, Francisco #Madero, had been arrested and later fled into exile, proclaiming revolution from safety in the United States. #Rebel leaders #Orozco, #Zapata and #Villa heeded the call and deposed Diaz who went into exile in 1911. Huerta however remained loyal to Diaz’s ideals and eventually betrayed Madero with Felix Diaz, nephew of the deposed dictator, in a conspiracy alongside American ambassador Henry Lane #Wilson, known as the the Decena Trágica. The cowardly Madero accepted Huerta’s “protection” being forced to resign and then murederd by Huerta’s command alongside Vice-President Pino #Suarez on February 21, 1913. Huerta was eventually driven from Mexico by a loose coalition of #revolutionaries, he spent a year and a half in exile before dying of cirrhosis in a Texas prison.