Oct 8, -- You can shoot me, don't be afraid! Ernesto Che Guevara said in his firm and serene words to Bolivian non-commissioned officer Mario Teran who, after receiving the order to kill the guerrilla fighter, got drunk in the small rural school room in the town of Higuera, where Che lay after he was wounded in action.
It took place on October 9, 1967, barely 24 hours after Che tried to repel the enemy at an area known as Qubrada del Yuro, or Yuro Stream, where he fought until his M-2 rifle jammed and his legs were hit by bullets. This explains why he was captured alive.
Despite his helplessness, his captors really feared him. Teran dared not to shoot and put down his attempt at first. But his superiors sent him back to machinegun Che below his waist, which made his suffering longer, while he was finally shot dead by a sergeant, who was also drunk.
The murder of Che and his compatriots 46 years ago in the Bolivian forests is still an event of outstanding significance in our history. Since then, the nations of the world have followed and defended Che's ideas and the real objective of that internationalist endeavours in which he gave his life.
The enemies of humanity, headed by US imperialism, were all wrong when they said that the death of Che Guevara would bury the independence ideals of Latin America and all Third World nations. They were wrong because they thought they could also kill the ideas and the example of Che.
Nearly fifty years later and after very adverse developments, such as the fall of the Socialist Camp and the former Soviet Union, Che's revolutionary doctrines are now being embraced very strongly by the nations of Our America. History has confirmed the significance of his political thinking.
The enemies of humanity have forgotten that Karl Marx and Frederick Engels did not live to see the victory of their doctrines with the October Revolution; Cuban independence heroes Jose Marti, Maximo Gomez and Antonio Maceo were not able to enjoy the defeat over Spanish colonial rule; other Cuban revolutionaries like Julio Antonio Mella, Abel Santamaria or Frank Pais, could not share with their people the arrival of real independence to their country.
So, then, all attempts to discredit the figure of Ernesto Che Guevara, making him appear as an adventurer, a romantic and idealistic man, have gone down the drain. This is why the statements given by Revolution leader Fidel Castro to present Che's dairy in Bolivia are so extraordinary, as he said that FEW TIMES IN HISTORY, PERHAPS NEVER, A FIGURE, A MAN, AN EXAMPLE HAS BECOME UNIVERSAL SO FAST AND WITH SUCH STRENGTH. IT HAPPENS THAT CHE INCARNATES, IN HIS PUREST AND MOST SELFLESS FORM, THE INERNATIONALIST SPIRIT. IMPERIALISM FEARS THE STRENGTH OF THAT EXAMPLE AND EVERYTHING THAT COULD CONTRIBUTE TO SPREADING IT.
Ernesto Che Guevara represents the purest revolutionary ideals and this makes him survive in every and each Cuban and Latin American citizen. He will continue to be a guiding light to defend the oppressed people of the world in their struggle for their definitive liberation.
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