This year is the 40th anniversary of the murder of Che Guevara by the CIA in Bolivia. Che was in Bolivia trying to assist the revolution taking place there when he was captured and shot, his last words apparently being “Shoot, coward, you’re going to kill a man”.
Che Guevara’s legacy and the struggle for socialism in Latin America today will by discussed at a upcoming forum on the 21st of July in Limerick and Dublin and on the 28th in Galway and Cork. The events are titled ‘RESISTANCE’ – and more details can be found here.
Richard Manton a member of SY said: “Che was a heroic participant in the struggle against US imperialism and capitalism. He played a key role in the Cuban revolution which led to massive improvements in the education and healthcare of Cuba. He also grew deeply critical of the lack of workers democracy in the USSR”.
The film “The Motorcycle Diaries” about Che’s youth as well as the continued use of his famous image means that Che is still a symbol of struggle. Also a recent exhibition here in Limerick celebrating Che’s visit to the city in 1965 was a huge success.
Che’s picture has been seen on protests through-out the world, from Iraq and Lebannon on to the USA and Venezuela. His ideas still inspire people throughout the world, particularly Latin America where there has been recent uprising in Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Brazil, Argentina and Nicaragua. A number of left-leaning presidents have also been elected there.