We Remember El Comandante Ernesto Che Guevara Executed 50Yrs Ago on 8 October 1967

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Guevara – who was executed 50 years ago on 8 October 1967  – was one of the most influential people of the 20th century.

He was most famous for his role in the Cuban revolution as a freedom fighter and key member of Fidel Castro’s government.

And a photograph of him donning his guerrilla military uniform has become arguably the most instantly recognisable image in the world.

His CIA-assisted execution at the age of just 39 wrote him into the history books forever as a martyr who died defending his ideas.

He has been revered by students and rebel causes ever since as a symbol of revolution and anti-establishment views.

But now, one of the men behind his early death has broken his silence on what happened all those years ago.

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Gary Prado Salmon captured Guevara on October 8 1967 as he travelled Bolivia calling for a Vietnam-style uprising.

Rumours of his whereabouts had circulated for some time and many attempts to capture him failed but Salmon was the man who made the key breakthrough.

“My soldiers opened fire on Che, hit him in the calf, made a hole in his beret and broken the M2 carbine he was carrying,” he told the Huffington Post.

“Che was depressed, completely demoralised. He was seeing the end.

“He’d had five guerrillas killed, so he wasn’t happy about that and then we moved in.

“My soldiers helped Che walk because of his wounded calf. As we walked, Che said to me: ‘I’m more use to you alive than dead’.”

Here’s the rest of this article by The Daily Star http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/world-news/650861/Ernesto-Che-Guevara-death-anniversary-50-years-Bolivia-Cuba-Fidel-Castro-Gary-Prado-Salmon

Execution Still Haunts Village, 50 Years After Che Guevara’s Death By Nicholas Casey for NewYorkTimes

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LA HIGUERA, Bolivia — Irma Rosales, tired after decades of tending her tiny store, sat back one morning with a box full of photos and remembered the stranger who was shot in the local schoolhouse 50 years ago.

His hair was long and greasy, she said; his clothes so dirty that they might have belonged to a mechanic. And he said nothing, she recalled, when she brought him a bowl of soup not long before the bullets rang out. Che Guevara was dead.

Monday marks a half-century since the execution of Guevara, the peripatetic Argentine doctor, named Ernesto at birth, who led guerrilla fighters from Cuba to Congo. He stymied the United States during the Bay of Pigs invasion, lectured at a United Nations lectern and preached a new world order dominated by those once marginalized by superpowers.

His towering life was overshadowed only by the myth that emerged with his death. The image of his scruffy beard and starred beret became the calling card of romantic revolutionaries around the world and across generations, seen everywhere from the jungle camps of militants to college dorm rooms.

Read the rest of the article here https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/09/world/americas/che-guevara-death.html?module=ArrowsNav&contentCollection=Americas&action=keypress&region=FixedLeft&pgtype=article

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