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October 9, 1967: Che Guevara is killed.

At the time of his capture, he had been attempting to organize a Marxist takeover of Bolivia with his joint Cuban-Bolivian group, the National Liberation Army of Bolivia, but nearby Bolivian special forces were alerted of Guevara’s location, and he was taken prisoner on October 8, 1967. Very much outmatched in terms of numbers, Guevara wounded in the gunfight that preceded his capture; he surrendered and told his captors: “I am worth more to you alive than dead”. 

He was taken prisoner and held in a small town called La Higuera until, on October 9, the soldiers received orders from the Bolivian President to carry out Guevara’s execution (a decision American officials later called “stupid”). His last words are disputed - he either declared “I know you’ve come to kill me. Shoot, you are only going to kill a man”, or he said, according to General Ovando of the Bolivian Armed Forces: “I am Che Guevara and I have failed”. Guevara was shot multiple times, and his body was put on display briefly so that soldiers and locals could look upon the remains of the almost mythic revolutionary (some locals reportedly cut off locks of his hair for good luck). His hands were amputated and preserved in formaldehyde, and his hand-less body was moved to a different location. In Cuba, Fidel Castro declared three days of mourning and personally delivered a eulogy in Havana, in which he declared Guevara to be “the model of a man… who does not belong to our times but to the future”. 

Other links: a timeline/compilation of documents on Guevara’s death.

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Santiago de Cuba: Fidel holds Antonio Maceo’s machete on the 35th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution, January 1, 1994.
Photo: Ismael Francisco / Cubadebate

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Santiago de Cuba: Fidel holds Antonio Maceo’s machete on the 35th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution, January 1, 1994.

Photo: Ismael Francisco / Cubadebate

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Victorious revolutionaries enter Havana, Cuba, January 1959

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Victorious revolutionaries enter Havana, Cuba, January 1959

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Comrade Fidel Castro and Col. Muammar Gadhafi

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Comrade Fidel Castro and Col. Muammar Gadhafi

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Like a Boss.

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Fidel on a visit to the Soviet Union.

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Fidel on a visit to the Soviet Union.

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Havana: A woman carries a portrait of Fidel Castro during a concert for the Cuban revolutionary hero’s 85th birthday.

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Havana: A woman carries a portrait of Fidel Castro during a concert for the Cuban revolutionary hero’s 85th birthday.

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FELIZ CUMPLEAÑOS COMANDANTE FIDEL! The eternal revolutionary, 85 years young today!

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FELIZ CUMPLEAÑOS COMANDANTE FIDEL! The eternal revolutionary, 85 years young today!

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Serenade to Fidel Castro on His 85th Birthday Anniversary

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Musicians from nine countries will participate on Friday night in La Serenata de la Fidelidad (Serenade of Fidelity), convened by the Guayasamin Foundation in the Karl Marx Theater in Havana to celebrate the political and intellectual imprint of the Cuban Revolution leader Fidel Castro on the eve of his 85th birthday, and to celebrate the achievements and struggles of an entire people.

At a press conference at the Alba Cultural Centre, Pablo Guayasamín, son of the painter of Latin America, said the evening will highlight, with affection and admiration, the stature of a key figure in the Latin American and global revolutionary thinking.

The also president of the Foundation who bears the name of the creator of The Chapel of Man, stressed the close friendship between his father, Oswaldo Guayasamin (1919-1999) and Fidel, and noted that the function will fulfill another dream this institution.

Alfredo Vera, coordinator of the meeting and in charge of international affairs of the Ecuadorian entity, said that now that “Fidel is enjoying such good health and caring for the health of Hugo Chávez, it is the time to say: Congratulations Comandante.”

For his part, the Uruguayan singer Daniel Viglietti, one of the outstanding figures of Latin American popular song, said “this will be a major serenade because the honoree is a historical figure and his thought will continue through the centuries, it is the thought of a upright revolutionary who has marked Latin American consciousness.”

The performers at the ceremony will also be made up by the Cuban singer Omara Portuondo, Argentinean Liliana Herrero, the Ecuadorian group Pueblo Nuevo, Venezuelans Cecilia Todd and Braulio Lopez, former member of the legendary Uruguayan duo Los Olimarenos. Also paticipating are Argentinean singer Raly Barrionuevo; the Paraguayan Ricardo Flecha; Chilean Pancho Villa; the musical group Llanera, from Venezuela; Bulgarian Yordanka Kristova; Peruvian Marcela Pérez, Cubans Vicente Feliú, Raúl Torres, Tony Ávila, Tomasita  Quiala, Hector Gutierrez, Danilo Vázquez, and the groups Moncada, Anónimo Consejo, Buena Fe, Candido Fabre and his band, and Maria Victoria.

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Comrade Fidel Castro, leader of the Cuban Revolution

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Comrade Fidel Castro, leader of the Cuban Revolution

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Comrade Fidel Castro, leader of the Cuban Revolution

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Comrade Fidel Castro, leader of the Cuban Revolution

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MANDELA AND FIDEL

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MANDELA AND FIDEL

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