Friday, June 13, 2008

Che Guevara Birthday Gala in Cuba: the legend endures, 41 years later...

Lloyd Frost follows the trail of slain revolutionary poster boy Che Guevara, who would have turned 80 today. Gabriel Molina writes that the Cuban Revolution has always been forced to defend itself from the hostility of the U.S. government, as far back as the days of the Sierra Maestra.

An international celebration marking Commander Guevara’s 80th birthday has been called for June 14, by a Solidarity with Cuba group from Rosario, and is sponsored by the municipal direction of culture of that city, home land of the legendary guerrilla.

Attending the celebration will be Che’s and Aleida March’s four children, Aleidita, Camilo, Celia and Ernesto, who will present the book Evocación, mi vida al lado del Che (Evocation, my life beside Che), written by Aleida March and published in Cuba, Serbia, Spain, Japan, Italy, Portugal and soon in Brazil.

In Rosario, cradle of the Heroic Guerrilla, as Che is also known, there will be inauguration of the first monument devoted to him in Argentine. This activity will take place in the Hipólito Irigoyen Park, which will be called Che Square from June 14. The monument consists of a bronze statue by sculpture Andrés Zerneri.

The statue will be placed looking to the northwest, as if it were holding a symbolic dialogue with Che’s statue in Santa Clara, Cuba. That crowns the monument where his remains rest, along with those of the other fighters who died in Bolivia in 1967 and Cuban guerrilla Hermes Peña, who died in the Argentine mountains of Salta, in 1964.

Cuban blogger Babalu visits Argentina, where, “conspicuous in its absence was the che propaganda I fully expected to be bombarded with”, while A Radical in Bermuda says: “Che Guevara, like all revolutionaries, indeed all people, had both his strong and his weak points.”

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