Ernesto “Che” Guevara reunites with his parents at José Martí International Airport in Havana. January 29, 1959.
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.
(Source: unhistorical, via fuckyeahmarxismleninism)
June 14, 2012: 84th birthday of Comrade Che Guevara, revolutionary Marxist internationalist and global symbol of the Heroic Guerrilla.
A Palestinian woman in training camp. Jordan, 1969.
(Source: breakingfloor, via fuckyeahmarxismleninism)
Member of the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, armed wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), on patrol in occupied Gaza.
Carlos Marighella’s Communist Party of Brazil membership card
Marighella later co-founded the Ação Libertadora Nacional (ALN) and wrote the Minimanual of the Urban Guerrilla
Renamo, trained by Rhodesia and South Africa
Guerrilla of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) of El Salvador
March 8 - Happy International Women’s Day to all of our sisters in struggle!
Aris Velouchiotis, leader of the Greek People’s Liberation Army (ELAS), the military wing of the National Liberation Front (EAM), during the Greek Civil War.
“Your examples lives, your ideas remain”
Name: Comandante Ramona
Why she rocks: She was a Mayan woman and an officer of the Zapatista Army, serving as a symbol of equality and standing up for the indigenous and impoverished peoples of Mexico. She led revolts and uprisings, demanding basic rights and needs for her people. Even when she was diagnosed with cancer, she still continued to fight for what was right.
Because of this woman… she led the Mexican peoples to stand up to their government, and helped them receive things like food, water, and shelter, as well as their basic human rights.
Victorious revolutionaries enter Havana, Cuba, January 1959