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Che Guevara’s daughter in the United Kingdom

To mark the 50th anniversary of her father’s assassination, Aleida Guevara will speak at meetings in London, Belfast, Glasgow, Sheffield, Manchester and Denbigh from 4 to11 November


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October 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the death of revolutionary leader and hero of the Cuban Revolution, Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara.

Che was executed by Bolivian army officer, Mario Terán, following orders from the CIA in Bolivia in 1967. Almost 40 years later Terán went to have cataract treatment to restore his sight by Cuban doctors operating in the country as part of the Operation Miracle programme.

To mark the anniversary of Che’s death, and to revisit his enduring legacy, and that the Cuban Revolution, Che’s daughter, Aleida Guevara is speaking at a series of meetings in Britain this November.

Aleida Guevara March is the eldest daughter of four children born to Argentine revolutionary Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara and his second wife, Aleida March.

She is a paediatrician, working at Havana’s William Soler Children’s Hospital and has also worked on medical brigades in Angola, Ecuador and Nicaragua.

che guevara el otro el mismoAleida is visiting the UK in November in an exclusive speaking tour organised by the Cuba Solidarity Campaign. She will speak about Cuba, international medical care, Latin American solidarity and about the impact of the US blockade on island, now in its 55th year. During her visit she will also meet with other medical professionals at hospitals across the country.

The tour

Aleida Guevara tour dates are as follows: Saturday 4 November – London. 10 am, Russian Revolution Centenary, Congress House, WC1B 3LS. Monday 6 November, Belfast. First Presbyterian Church in Rosemary Street, Belfast, BT1 1QB. 7.00 pm.

Tuesday 7 November – North Wales. Denbigh Town Hall, Denbigh, North Wales, LL16 3TB. 7.30 pm. Wednesday 8 November – Manchester. The Mechanics Institute, 103 Princess Street, M1 6DD. 6.30 pm. Thursday 9 November, Sheffield. The Quaker Meeting House, 10 St James Street. Sheffield, S1 2EW. 7 pm

Cuba en usa bloqueo cena pareja pixa1Friday 10 November, London. UCL Medical Sciences Building, Room 131 AV Hill Lecture Theatre, 6 pm. Mallet Place, London, WC1E 7JG (4 minutes from Euston Square Tube).

Saturday 11 November, Glasgow. Scottish Cuba Solidarity Campaign Rally, 4pm – 6.30pm.

Glasgow-Havana Film Festival screenings from 7.30 pm, also at the STUC, 333 Woodlands Road, G3 6NG

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  1. Argentinian revolutionary Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara was captured and summarily executed by the Bolivian Army 50 years ago.

    However one should not rush to sympathise or be deceived by Cuban propaganda into believing that Guevara was anything other than a sadistic fanatic who met his final reckoning on the 9th of October 1967 at the hamlet of la Higuera, Bolivia.

    As a child in Argentina, members of his family noticed that he was cruel to animals and he later turned his sadistic tendencies towards humanity while fighting in the Sierra Maestra during the Cuban revolution.

    In 1957, after murdering his first victim, a young Cuban peasant named Eutimio Guerra, with a bullet in the head, he wrote to his father:

    ‘I have to confess, Papa, at that moment I discovered that I really like killing…’

    From 1959 as commander of ‘la Cubana’ prison and chief executioner of Fidel Castro, he had personally executed hundreds of Cubans – all without trial or due process of any kind – thousands more were executed – in direct violation of the Cuban constitution.

    We must not forget Guevara’s greatest crime against Humanity: The establishment in 1960 of Cuba’s first concentration camp at Guanahacabibes, in western Cuba. Che explained: “…it is for Homosexuals and other people who have committed crimes against revolutionary morals, it is hard labor, the working conditions there are hard.” He told his victims, many of who never survived the sexual abuse and electric-shock torture, ”the hard work will make real men of you…”

    By 1962, in a few short years after the revolution as President of the Bank of Cuba and Minister of Industries, Che had managed to destroy the Cuban economy. Guevara and the Castro brother’s the reign of terror had also forced millions of Cubans into exile in Florida.

    When writing his memoirs in 2007, Guevara’s chief lieutenant in Bolivia, Ciro Roberto Bustos, described Che’s thinking and behaviour as ‘…a synthesis of pathological sadism and fundamentalist fanaticism…’

    The real Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara is also succinctly defined by his first fiancée, Argentinian socialite, María del Carmen “Chichina” Ferreyra. In an interview after his death Chichina says of Che: “Poor Ernesto, he was not successful in anything: not as a doctor, neither as a photographer, as an economist, or as propagator of the Revolution.”

    Che Guevara was however successful at one thing – mass murder. Guevara biographer, Daniel James, noted shortly after Che’s death that proportionately he was more successful at mass murder than even Josef Stalin. Stalin was Che’s hero and he even signed letters to his family as, ‘Stalin II’…

    So today spare a thought, not for the Che mythology so readily perpetuated by the ignorant and the children he deserted, but for the thousands of victims of Che Guevara and his evil legacy of intolerance and extremism.

    PS: You need to update your photo of Aleida Guevara. I met her in Bolivia on 09 October and she is a grotesque blob of a woman who clearly lives off the fat of the land – unlike her compatriots who are still rationed nearly 60 years after the phoney ‘Revolucion’

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