He was shot nine times. He became the victim of the murder in custody. The man who was a terror to the exploiters was never given the chance of self defense. Before being killed, that person fiercely said to his assassinators, "I know you have come to kill me. Shoot, you are only going to kill a man." The man died on that day, but the spark of revolution that he ignited did not have any end.
The man who had died that day was Che Guevara, one of the greatest revolutionaries of all time. Today marks the 51st death anniversary of this undying figure. On this day of 1967 Bolivian military junta, under the control of imperialist power, killed Che Guevara in captivity.
Ernesto "Che" Guevara popularly known as Che Guevara is one of the most famous socialist revolutionaries of the twentieth century. He was born in Argentina on June 14, 1928. He was an Argentine theoretical Marxist and revolutionary, writer, photographer, intellectual, guerrilla leader, diplomat, military theorist and the main personality of the entire Latin American Revolution altogether.
While studying medical science at the young age, Che travels to different parts of South America. There he sees the helpless condition of the oppressed people afflicted by class discrimination, oppression- suppression and aggression of capitalism. Che observe this pathetic situation very closely. He understands that there is no other way than revolution to destroy this existing discrimination.
In order to reach the feeling that revolution was inevitable-Che initiated Marxism. After trying to survive in Guatemala, Che went to Mexico to find a safe shelter. He had to see the same situation there. The CIA`s violent mobilization was ongoing in Latin America then. The entire Latin America was plagued by class discrimination, oppression and exploitation that time. US aggression made it even worse. Che became restless for the revolution.
In July 1955 he met Fidel Castro. Castro was then fighting against the dictator Batista government in Cuba. Che joined his guerrilla squad. In 1957, Castro was elected commander of guerilla forces. In late December 1958, his successful leadership in the Battle of Santa Clara defied the fate of the war. Cuba`s dictator Batista escaped from Cuba.
From 1961 to 1965, Che served as Cuban Minister of Industry. At the time, he served as the head of Cuban Central Bank.
In 1965 Che again got himself involved with revolution. He again started fighting for the exploited people of South America. His desire was to establish socialism in Congo-Kinshasa and Bolivia, and the liberation of the people there. But he was caught by CIA-backed Bolivian forces in Bolivia on October 7, 1967. The U.S. government wanted him alive for interrogation, but Bolivian leaders decided that Guevara must be executed, fearing a public trial would only garner him sympathy. So they killed him.
But the ideals do not die. Even after his untimed death Che becomes a name of motivation in the fight of freedom and justice. Che Guevara always said, "Fight until victory, always" (Hasta la victoria siempre). Irrespective of country and time, the revolutionaries still regard this as their main motto, and still fight for freedom, justice and equality.