[News] Bolivia's Evo Morales Pays Tribute to Che on 50th Anniversary of His Death
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Bolivia's Evo Morales Pays Tribute to Che on 50th Anniversary of His Death
9 October 2017
Bolivian President Evo Morales presided over the main event marking the
50th anniversary of the death of Ernesto "Che" Guevara
and his fellow combatants.
Latin America Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Che Guevara's Death
Attended by Che's four children, along with Harry Villegas and Leonardo
Tamayo, both members of Che's guerrilla group in Bolivia, and thousands
of members of political and social movements, Morales said that the
moment was ripe to relaunch the anti-imperialist struggle, one of Che's
"Today, as we commemorate half a century of Commandante Che Guevara's
passing to eternity, we are united in a single anti-imperialist,
anti-colonial and anti-capitalist battle cry," adding that Che left home
with dreams of fighting for a world without “rich people” and “social
Bolivia's first Indigenous head of state stressed the need to recognize
Indigenous resistance movements in the struggle to create participatory
democracy and world citizenship. He emphasized that if the United States
wants people to stop taking up arms and organizing themselves into
guerrilla movements, then its foreign policymakers must stop invading
and interfering in the affairs of sovereign, independent nations.
Afterwards, Morales decried the fact that the world's riches remain in
the “hands of a few,” a reality he said that must be opposed by all
He added that the best way to honor Che and build a world in which basic
human rights have been secured is to continue his “anti-imperialist
fight,” stressing the need to foster new international humanitarianism
and the tearing down of the imaginary walls separating the world's peoples.
The event, which included musical groups and artistic presentions, was
held on the old runway at Vallegrande airport in the southeast of the
country, near the place where Che's remains were secretly buried by the
Bolivian military, but later exhumed and taken to Cuba 20 years ago.
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