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10/4/2017 8:43:24 PM

Remembering Che Guevara: The Inspirational Freedom Fighter

(VNF) - On occasion of the 50th anniversary of the death of Ernesto 'Che' Guevara, one of the major figures of Cuban revolution (October 9th, 1967-2017), a Vietnamese delegation headed by Don Tuan Phong, Vice President in-charge and Secretary General of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) will have a visit to Cuba from October 5th to 15th.

The delegation consists of nine members representing VUFO; the Central Vietnam-Cuba Friendship Associations together with representatives of Vietnamese enterprises.

The Che Guevara Mausoleum (Spanish: Mausoleo del Che Guevara), a memorial in Santa Clara, Cuba. (Source: Internet)

During the trip, Vietnamese delegates will meet with the leaders of the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) and the Cuba-Vietnam Friendship Association; attend the symbolic donation ceremony of 15 motorcycles to ICAP in the capital city of La Habana; lay wreaths at the monument of President Ho Chi Minh in Acapulco Park; visit and present gifts to a local school - one of the places severely damaged by Hurricane Irma.

In particular, the delegation will attend the grand ceremony of 50th anniversary of the assassination of Che Guevara in Bolivia holding in Santa Clara, the central province of Villa Clara.

Born in the Argentine city of Rosario, Guevara traveled across Latin America in 1952 and 1953 and was shocked to see the economic disparity in the region, a road trip that was immortalized in the 2004 film "The Motorcycle Diaries."

It convinced him violence was necessary to overturn Latin America's unjust social order.

His life changed dramatically when he met Castro in Mexico in 1955 and joined his guerrilla expedition to Cuba.

In the early 1960s, he worked with Castro to consolidate the revolution, supervising the repression of counter-revolutionaries, and even for a time heading the Central Bank and industry ministry.

But his key motivation was to spead revolution elsewhere.

Che Guevara (L) and Fidel Castro. (Source: Internet)

In 1965, he bid farewell to Cuba in a letter to Castro in which he resigned his posts and wrote: "other nations of the world summon my modest efforts of assistance."

After leading a group of Cuban revolutionaries fighting with Marxist guerrillas in the Congo, Guevara traveled to Bolivia in late 1966.

Struggling with asthma, he led a small clutch of rebels in Bolivia for 11 months trying to spread revolution but was tracked, cornered and wounded in the mountains in a gunbattle that wiped out most of his remaining rebels.

The Bolivian army and two Cuban-American Central Intelligence Agency agents captured him. He was executed in a schoolhouse in La Higuera the following day, October 9th, 1967./.

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