Ernesto “Che” Guevara was an Argentinian doctor who helped Fidel Castro overthrow the Cuban government of Fulgencio Batista in 1959.
Guevara became one of the most important leaders in Cuba’s revolutionary government, heading the central bank and industry ministry. He had hoped to replicate the revolution in Congo and then Bolivia, where he was captured and ultimately killed.
Fifty years later, his spirit of freedom and rebellion lives on throughout Latin America.
CGTN’s Michael Voss reports from Havana.
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To discuss Che Guevara’s legacy:
- Carlos Alzugaray, a former Cuban diplomat and educator
- Piero Gleijeses, a professor of United States Foreign Policy at John Hopkins University
- Jiang Shixue, the director of the Center for Latin American Studies at Shanghai University
- Bill Fletcher Jr, a racial justice, labor & international activist
Ernesto Che Guevara the revolutionary who helped topple Cuba’s US-backed dictator lectured the US from a UN lectern. https://t.co/hwmah6vEYK
— Guardian™ ¯_(ツ)_/¯ (@withego) October 5, 2017
"Che" Guevara's spirit lives on 50 years after his execution in Vallegrande, Bolivia, where remains of the revolutionary were found in 1997 pic.twitter.com/g8xuKj78bS
— AFP news agency (@AFP) October 9, 2017
Memorial events to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Che Guevara are held in Cuba and Bolivia. He was a leader of the Cuban revolution, and was executed while trying to lead a guerrilla uprising in Bolivia.
Correspondent Michael Voss tells us about the life of the man who made “Che” known around the globe. He also tells us how the iconic image came about.