It’s the 51st death anniversary of Ernesto “Che” Guevara, who is popularly known as Che Guevara, a major figure of the Cuban Revolution. He was an Argentine Marxist revolutionary, physician, author, guerrilla leader, diplomat and military theorist.
His visage became a symbol of rebellion and global insignia in popular culture. Guevara travelled throughout South America as a medical student and was radicalized by the poverty, hunger and diseases he had to witness. What all he had to experience before his eye, forced him to overturn the capitalist exploitation of Latin America by the United States. This prompted the necessity of his involvement in Guatemala’s social reforms under President Jacobo Arbenz which eventually resulted in CIA- assisted overthrow at the behest of the United Fruit Company which solidified Guevara’s political ideology.
Later in his venture, he met Raul and Fidel Castro in Mexico City and joned their 26th of July Movement and sailed to Cuba with the intention to overthrow US-backed Cuban dictator Fulgenico Batista.
He performed a pivotal role by following Cuban Revolution in the new government. He remained both as a revered and reviled historical figure. He became a quintessential icon of various leftist movements. He was named as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century by Time magazine
Here are some of the famous quotes made by Che Guevara:
• The true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love. It is impossible to think of a genuine revolutionary lacking this quality.
• If you tremble with indignation at every injustice, then you are a comrade of mine.
• I know you are here to kill me. Shoot, coward, you are only going to kill a man.
• The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall.
• Whenever death may surprise us, let it be welcome if our battle cry has reached even one receptive ear and another hand reaches out to take up our arms.
• Silence is argument carried out by other means.
• I am not a liberator. Liberators do not exist. The people liberate themselves.
• We cannot be sure of having something to live for unless we are willing to die for it.
• I don’t care if I fall as long as someone else picks up my gun and keeps on shooting.
• Many will call me an adventurer – and that I am, only one of a different sort: one of those who risks his skin to prove his platitudes.
Today, Oct 9 marks the 51st death anniversary of Che Guevara, the one behind revolution and the “theoretician and tactician” of the Guerrilla warfare. On this day in 1967, Che Guevara, the guerilla leader was killed by the Bolivian army. As a proof of death, his hands were cut off and his body was buried in an unmarked grave.
Later in 1997, Guevara’s remains were found and were sent back to Cuba, where they were reburied in a ceremony attended by Fidel Castro and thousands of Cubans.