Che Guevara is Remembered for His Impeccable Example

The Argentine-Cuban guerrilla Ernesto Che Guevara (1928-1967) had among his main virtues that of preaching by example and demanding more from himself than from others, the internationalist fighter Tomas Escandon recalled today.

Prensa Latina's IT specialist participated in a conversation at the news agency's headquarters in the capital, where he shared his experiences of the months of 1965 when he was with Guevara in the Congo, during the struggles for the independence of the African country, in which a group of Cuban fighters supported him.

I knew first-hand his virtues, he was a leader with a lot of charisma who demanded more from himself than from his comrades, a true enemy of privileges, stressed the then technical communications technician of the guerrilla in the activity, organized around the 90th anniversary of the birthday of the revolutionary, which is commemorated tomorrow.

According to Escandon, faced with a very complex scenario, Che established that one could not be late for the guard, and whoever did it, did not have lunch the next day.

'We were surrounded and under enemy pressure that forced us to reinforce our vigilance, the guerrilla leader himself arrived late at the post, and although his reasons were justified, the next day he didn't eat lunch,' Escandon added.

On Wednesday, the capital's Hotel Nacional hosted the presentation of a book with around a hundred little-known images of Che Guevara, also part of the activities for the 90th anniversary of his birth.

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Che Has Not Died, Says Cuban Hero Antonio Guerrero

Che has not died, he is present among us, said today the Cuban hero Antonio Guerrero on his arrival in the hometown of the Heroic Guerrilla Man, who would turn 90 tomorrow.

Excited to be for the first time in Rosario, a city full of history and symbolism, Guerrero -one of the five heroes who served a long sentence in U.S. jails for defending his country from terrorist acts- said in an exclusive interview with Prensa Latina that it is 'a great honor to be here.'

All Cubans and revolutionaries know that Che has not died, he is present among us. It will be 90 years and more, said the anti-terrorist fighter, adding that days full of revolutionary spirit are expected on this anniversary.

For Guerrero, the 90th anniversary of Che's birth is a very significant occasion. A decade ago, he said, on his 80th anniversary, my brothers and I were in prison. It was then an arduous and fighting time for our freedom, he recalled.

The Cuban hero said he arrived in Rosario to thank and embrace all the Argentines who did so much to take him and his comrades (Fernando Gonzalez, Gerardo Herandez, Ramon Labañino and Rene Gonzalez) back to their homeland.

The emotions are just beginning; it's very cold, but the warmth of solidarity is greater, said Guerrero, who stressed that these days will be full of revolutionary spirit and anti-imperialist struggle, 'of all those things that Che taught us, ideas that will never die.'

Visibly moved, Guerrero said that he is the first of the Five (as they were called in the campaign to liberate them) to be at the homeland of Che, and he does so on behalf of his brothers in struggle and the Cuban people.

On the other hand, he stressed that he will also represent the island in the 16th Meeting of Solidarity with Cuba, which will begin on Friday, a day that will highlight the support for our Revolution, socialism and all the just causes in Latin America.

Support for Venezuela, he said, for former Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, imprisoned in his country, and for all those movements that can only lead to transform and build a more prosperous and free Latin America.

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Che Guevara, survival

It is incredible how most of the immediate testimonies to the fall of Che Guevara in La Higuera, that October 1967, and the expressions coming from all latitudes in solidarity with Cuba and the pain of its people, spoke about sadness but especially, survival.

I find it incredible because I figure out that the misery of that time must have been great, the feeling of emptiness, the irreparable loss, and however certainty was unanimous: intellectuals, in the midst of their grief, clearly sensed that Che had not been killed, that there was a second birth of man for Latin America and the world.

In that sense, a phrase especially overwhelms me, that of Rodolfo Walsh when he writes: "Sooner or later someone will get the hell out of this continent. It will not be Che's memory, that now is scattered in one hundred cities. "And it is that the Commander had delivered during his life, as Lezama Lima says, "the terrible and magnificent tests of his size for transfiguration". A transfiguration and a myth that conservatives try to steal, re-write, reconfigure and sell today. To make him sterile, impossible to reach. It is the way to smash that October, a bet on forgetfulness, banalization, boredom.

And since he does not fall from a quick death, then let him die slowly in the market of ideas and reality. This is how we have seen him in T-shirts and cheap goods, movies and posters, but I want to think that much of his example remains in those who buy or watch the merchandise; which rather than a fashion is a motive, a trigger. At least it is my impression after reading these words by Rigoberta Menchú: "Like many people from my country, my first knowledge of Che was more for his image and symbolism than for his writings and his work.”And it is the same security when I look at my contemporaries, star dreamers, Quixotes, who know that immobility would be Che's real death.

Then it is not unreasonable to reiterate Cortazar's invocation in those sad, seed-like days: "I ask for the impossible thing, the most undeserved thing, what I dared to do once, when he lived: I ask that it be his voice that appears here, that it is his hand that writes these lines. I know it is absurd and it is impossible, and that's why I think he writes this with me, because no one knew better how the absurd and the impossible thing will one day be the reality of men, the future whose conquest he gave his young and wonderful life for. Then use my hand once again my brother, it has been worthless to cut off your fingers, it has been worthless to kill you and hide you with their clumsy tricks. Take, write: what is left for me to say and do, I will always say it and will do it with you by my side. Only then will it make sense to go on living ".

Translated by Jorge Mesa Benjamin / Cubasi Translation Staff

La Higuera: 50 Years after Che’s Death

Every people from all five continents arrive in La Higuera to pay homage to the guerilla commander.

Getting to know and abound on the history of Che’s presence in Bolivia is important to visit La Higuera, town located at about 60 km from Vallegrande, where the Heroic Guerilla fighter stayed the last days of his life.

Until that village a group of Prensa Latina journalists traveled because of the activities organized there for the 50th anniversary of the revolutionary leader's physical disappearance.

The trip to La Higuera is usually complicated, especially for the uphill and winding road leading there and many times vehicles must drive by the edge of the abyss.

But arriving to the place is like a trip in time because there can still be felt that special atmosphere that remembers the years of guerilla fight.

Ernesto Guevara de la Serna came to Bolivia in November 1966 to lead a liberation movement known as La Guerrilla de Ñancahuazú, which wanted to spread to the south of Latin America.

For 11 months the group commanded by Che traveled difficult roads of the Bolivian southeasterly forest and participated in 22 battles and skirmishes. On October 8th, 1967 Che was wounded and captured in Quebrada del Yuro (Churo) and moved to the school of La Higuera, where he was murdered next day on orders of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the United States.

Today the school turned into a museum where pictures can be seen, written documents, furniture of the time and replicas of the clothing and objects used by the guerillas fighters.

'This is a place to spread Ernesto Guevara's ideas, declared to Prensa Latina the French photographer Juan Lebras who lives there for 12 years now.

Lebras organized an exhibition of pictures under the name 'To the Heart of the Guerrilla', where there are many unpublished images, of Ernesto Guevara's last days in Bolivia.

'They are 50 pictures for the 50 years of Che’s death, he said.

Every year people from all five continents arrive to pay homage to the guerilla commander.

'I have been preparing this trip for a long time', said the Argentinean Victor Hugo Leiva who arrived at La Higuera on the fiftieth anniversary of Che’s death.

For Leiva, Ernesto Guevara is still a leader and his teachings today they are more necessary than never because poverty still exist in the world and capitalism has not solved any problem.

This year, as part of the homage to Che and its guerrilla partners, will have a 15 km walk from Pucará town to La Higuera to which is expected the participation of social and political organizations from several countries of the region.

Irish Postal Stamp to Honor Che on 50th Anniversary of Death

Che is above all remembered for his internationalism evidenced by his leading role in the Cuban Revolution.

An Irish postal company has launched a stamp in honor of Ernesto Che Guevara in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of his death.

The Legacy of Ernesto 'Che' Guevara

The stamp is inspired by the iconic 1960 photograph of the revolutionary leader reinterpreted by Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick and will sell for one euro.

The An Post company launched a 2017 Stamp Program that aims to celebrate various figures such as the Women’s Rugby World Cup, the Ploughing Championships and the late former Prime Minister Jack Lynch, among others, according to Joe magazine.

Che is above all remembered for his internationalism evidenced by his leading role in the Cuban Revolution.

Argentine by birth, Che was born to a middle-class family, studied to become a doctor, but soon became a revolutionary and communist after traveling through Latin America.

Che's personal witness to the plight of the campesinos, workers and poor of the region, especially in Guatemala where he witnessed the coup against the democratically-elected leftist President Jacobo Arbenz, would guide his revolutionary path.

The Argentine eventually met Fidel Castro in Mexico City. The two formed a bond and a partnership that would lead them to fight side-by-side in a guerrilla campaign to oust the U.S.-backed Fulgencio Batista dictatorship in Cuba.

Che was an enthusiastic fighter who earned the rank of commander and played an important role in the victory of the Cuban Revolution, leading a column of fighters in the pivotal battle of Santa Clara.

He served as Minister of Economics and supervised a massive land reform process on the island.

He was executed by the Bolivian military in the village of La Higuera, Bolivia, on Oct. 9, 1967, after leading a guerrilla movement in the South American country.

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European friends pay tribute to Che Guevara

The José Martí brigade of solidarity with Cuba visited historic sites in Santa Clara city in tribute to the 50th anniversary of Che´s fall in combat.

The tour included Ernesto Guevara Sculpture Complex, where brigaders from European countries learned about the Heroic Guerrilla; the Monument to the Taking of the Armored Train and the statue of Che.

This is the 47th edition of the contingent, made up by 86 members from Spain, Portugal, France, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Belgium, UK and Russia.

Young Frenchwoman Laureline Ferrère visits Cuba from the age of seven and is excited to be here, because she comes from a communist family and the example of her grandfather motivated her to come to the island not as a tourist, but as a brigade member.

Spanish Olaya Nunez, said when a teenager she felt a special attraction for Commander Ernesto Guevara, an idol for young people fighting for a better world, and this influenced her decision to study medicine, a profession she practices in her country.

For a long time I heard talking about Cuba and I wanted to come and witness the reality of this country and its Revolution and I was impressed how they fight to defend what they conquered with their effort and dedication, stated Portuguese Luisa Carvalho.

Since their arrival in Cuba on July 3, the group has undergone volunteer days in the countryside and debates with members of the Young Communist League and the Federation of University Students, they have also visited social projects, received lectures on the Cuban political and economic system and Cuba-US relations, among other activities that brought them closer to the reality of the Caribbean nation.

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Bolivian Guerrilla Fighter Who Fought Alongside Che Inspires Japanese Film

TOKYO – The life of a Japanese-Bolivian guerrilla fighter inspired a film collaboration between Japan and Cuba, the producer said on Wednesday.

“Ernesto” follows the life of Freddie Maymura, the son of Japanese immigrants in Bolivia, who studied with and fought alongside Ernesto “Che” Guevara.

He joined the Bolivian National Liberation Army, an internationalist guerrilla led by Che that sought to remove the Bolivian government and establish a socialist state.

He was killed in 1967, at 26, in an ambush by the Bolivian army.

Maymura’s remains were not found until 1999, and are currently placed in the Ernesto Guevara Memorial in Cuba.

Filming is set to begin Aug. 18 in Japan under the direction of Junji Sakamoto, and will then move to Cuba, where it is expected to continue until October, said a spokesperson from producer Kino Films.

The actor chosen to play Maymura is Joe Odagiri, who began studying Spanish in April for a role which he considered “very difficult,” according to the spokesperson.

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Che Guevara’s daughter to speak in Sheffield

A campaigner from Cuba comes to Sheffield next Tuesday when the eldest daughter of Che Guevara speaks at two events in the city.

Dr Aleida Guevara will address a meeting at Sheffield University in the afternoon before speaking at the Quaker Meeting House in the evening.

Dr Guevara’s visit is part of a short nationwide speaking tour organised by the Cuba Solidarity Campaign.

Che Guevara, who was born Ernesto, was one of the three leaders of the Cuban revolution that took place in 1959 and was killed by US-backed forces during a failed revolution in Bolivia in 1967.

His daughter Aleida works as a paediatrician in the Cuban capital, Havana.

Dr Guevara will talk about Cuba’s response to the Ebola epidemic currently unfolding in West Africa, and about ending the US economic and trade blockade of the Caribbean island that has existed for over 50 years.

She will also call for the release of three remaining prisoners - part of the Cuban or Miami Five - in prison in the US for spying.

Tim Plant, chair of the Sheffield group of the campaign, said: “We are delighted that Aleida Guevara will be speaking in Sheffield. She is a charismatic and inspirational speaker.”

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