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Interview with Aleida, Che Guevara’s daughter

Ernesto "Che" Guevara.

Years after his unjustified assassination, a daughter seeks understanding and context for her father’s message.


Graham Douglas


Ernesto “Che” Guevara was born in Argentina and traveled throughout Latin America in his early life as a medical student; everywhere he went he was sickened by the poverty and injustice he witnessed and he concluded that such inequalities in society were caused by the capitalist and imperialist methods of western governance.

After witnessing the overthrow of Guatemala’s government in 1954 by the CIA, Che became convinced that revolution was the only way to prevent further injustice and joined with brothers Fidel and Raul Castro in Cuba to topple the island nation’s U.S.-backed regime.

As a result of the revolution and in reaction to the Communist leanings of Che, the Castros and the country of Cuba in general, the U.S. placed an indefinite embargo on Cuba.

Aleida Guevara.

This means that no U.S. citizens or companies can deal with Cuba without suffering punishment from the government, and trade between the two countries has since ground to a halt.

While some view the embargo as a necessary measure to check the spread of Communism and protest an oppressive regime, one woman is speaking out against the status quo and calling for an end to the unjust practice.

Aleida Guevara, daughter of Che Guevara, is a doctor of medicine who has worked in Angola, Ecuador and Nicaragua. She will visit the UK as part of her “Remebering Che” tour at locations in Brighton, Nottingham, Newcastle, Scotland and Oxford.

The visit will coincide with the 45th anniversary of Che’s death at the hands of a Bolivian firing squad. Guevara will speak about her memories of her father and discuss Cuba’s development despite the U.S. blockade, which has now been in place for 50 years.

A primary focus of Guevara’s talks will be the injustice of the embargo and the people in Cuba who suffer because of it, despite having nothing to do with their leaders’ decisions.

In particular, the embargo often prevents needed medical supplies from being provided to Cubans, and as such many people die for no crime other than being born in Cuba.

The events will take place from September 9-19. The tour is organised by the Cuba Solidarity Campaign, the UK campaign against the blockade of Cuba (www.cuba-solidarity.org.uk)

For more information call 02088000155 or visit http://www.cuba-solidarity.org.uk.

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