This June 14, the people of Santa Clara, representing the whole of Cuba, will pay tribute to the figure of Ernesto Che Guevara, in commemoration of the 86th anniversary of his birth.
As happens every year, the celebrations will start with the traditional march from Maceo Park, Cuban independence leader to whom the tribute is also dedicated, to the Che Guevara Mausoleum where the remains of the heroic revolutionary - and those of his compañeros who also fell in Bolivia – are buried, and where 100 young people from Santa Clara will receive their official documentation certifying them as members of the Young Communist League (UJC). The events scheduled include, talks, visits to schools and nurseries in Santa Clara, as well as workplaces founded by Che 50 years ago, among others.Missing from this Che Day tribute is the information that Che was sent to Bolivia by Fidel's henchman Manuel Pinheiro to be killed. They wanted the troublesome flake out of their hair, after his disastrous efforts in Africa. Che was sent to Bolivia, supposedly to, as he told Chilean diplomat Jorge Edwards, create one, two, many Vietnams in South America.
Georgie Anne Geyer mentions that she was told by Fidel Castro, in Havana in 1966, that Bolivia was, 'a revolution that has died.' Only later did she realize that Che Guevara was in Bolivia as Fidel was speaking to her. In her book, Guerilla Prince, she tells of learning, from the Bolivians who'd fought with Che and been captured with him, that they'd been told by Mario Monge (head of Bolivia's Communist Party) who'd just been to Havana to meet with Fidel Castro, that they were going to fail; 'You are going to die heroically...because you have no chance for a victory.'
Which was just fine by Fidel, apparently.
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