This Day in History — 40th Anniversary of Che Guevara Capture

che-guevara-portrait-50010501.jpg40 years ago today, October 8, 1967, communist revolutionary cult figure and Fidel Castro confidant Ernesto “Che” Guevara, was captured and killed the next day by the Bolivian Army after attempts to ignite leftist revolutions in developing countries.

Che’s cult personality can perhaps best be attributed to his participation in the Cuban Revolution against the regime of Fulgencio Batista. Skilled in guerilla warfare, “Che” sailed with Castro aboard the Granma in 1956 from Mexico to Cuba, and subsequently lead revolutionaries in war through the Sierra Maestra Mountains. His role in capturing the provincial city of Santa Clara proved pivotal in demoralizing Batista’s forces allowing Castro to resume his undaunted march to Havana on January 8, 1959.

With the political future of Cuba uncertain pending the death of an ailing Castro, Anthony Boadle of Reuter’s reports that Che’s idealistic legacy is losing the 50 year old grasp it once had on the hearts and minds of Cubans.

Cubans are having a very hard time because of the economic crisis. They are no longer motivated by these ideals. Their only worry is eating three meals a day.

Meanwhile Castro impersonator Hugo Chavez and others paid tribute to their leftist Messiah.


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