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Che Guevara: Synonym of revolution

Published on : 14 June 2019, 08:15 AM
Che Guevara: Synonym of revolution

The man who was a terror to the exploiters was never given the chance of self-defense. He got a defenseless death in custody. Still, he fiercely said to his assassinators before being executed, "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 the revolution that he ignited did not have an end.

The man who had died that day was Che Guevara, one of the greatest revolutionaries of all time. Ernesto "Che" Guevara popularly known as Che Guevara is one of the most famous socialist revolutionaries of the twentieth century. Guevara born in Argentina on June 14, 1928, 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 a 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 observed 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 faced the same situation there. The CIA`s violent mobilization was ongoing in Latin America then. Entire Latin America was plagued by class discrimination, oppression, and exploitation at 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 the 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 line as their main motto, and still fight for freedom, justice, and equality.


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