Latin Americans pay homage to Che in Bolivia

Campaign News | Wednesday, 8 October 2008

from the Cuban News Agency

Cuban-Argentinean guerrilla fighter Ernesto Che Guevara did not shed his blood in vain, since many nations of the world are currently following the path he drew towards equality and social justice.

The statement was issued by Bolivian President Evo Morales during a visit Tuesday, to the community of Vallegrande, where Che Guevara was assassinated on October 9, 1967.

The small locality of “La Higuera”, in Valle Grande, is the scenario for central commemorations Wednesday for the 41st anniversary of the assassination of the Cuba-Argentinean guerrilla fighter.

Representatives of Bolivian organizations and of the Cuban and Venezuelan collaboration missions in that country will gather at the historic place, where a ceremony will include presentations of masters’ degrees by Cuban doctors, while several members of the collaboration brigades, working in the fields of health, education and energy, will also be awarded distinctions.

However, major attention is centered on the electrification of the La Higuera community, whose inhabitants had never had electricity. Also on the spotlight of attention was the declaration on Tuesday of the Department of Santa Cruz as Bolivia’s second territory free of illiteracy.

On declaring Santa Cruz free of illiteracy after the Oruro Department, with the support of the Cuban methodology “Yes, I Can,” Evo Morales said: “I want to tell the Cuban people and their Comandante, that they are not alone anymore. The blood shed by many revolutionaries in Latin America, like Che, has not been in vain either.”

Morales stressed that new revolutionary and anti-imperialists leaders are emerging now, and “we, the peoples, follow the path drawn by our freedom fighters.”

President Morales and Cuban ambassador to La Paz, Rafael Dausá, laid a wreath in honor of Che Guevara, a world symbol of the struggle for all fair causes.

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