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Che guevara

Ernesto Guevara

Ernesto Guevara was born in l928. When he was two, he moved to

Cordoba, Spain, because of asthma. As a young child, Guevara became

interested in reading Marx, Engels, and Freud found in his father's library.

As he grew up, he watched the Spanish refugees from the Spanish Civil War

fight against the fascist dictator, Francisco Franco. Mr. Guevara was

influenced by the war and refugees. He began to hate military politicians, the

U.S. dollar, and parliamentary democracy. Ernesto's parents were both anti

Franco activists.

In Buenos Aires, Mr. Guevara went to medical school. He graduated

in l953. After several years, Ernesto went to Guatemala writing articles on

the Inca and Myan ruins. During his stay in Guatemala, he had the chance to

become a government medical personnel. He refused this chance because

he did not want to join the Communist party. Therefore, he was penniless

for a number of years. Shortly thereafter, Guevara met one of Fidel

Castro's lieutenants with whom he fled to Mexico City.

In Mexico City, he also met Fidel Castro, and his brother Raul. In

Fidel Castro, he saw a great Marxist leader that he was seeking. Guevara

joined Castro followers at a farm where they were training for guerrilla war

tactics. The tactics were those first used by Mao Tse-Tung. At this time,

Ernesto Guevara first was nick named "Che", which is Italian for pal.

The group invaded Cuba, where Che was commander of the

revolutionary army. From then on, he was known as the most aggressive,

clever and successful guerrilla officer. He also got the reputation for cold-

blooded cruelty. One reason for this reputation was because of his orders

to mass execute followers of the former Cuban president Batista. There

after, Che Guevara was second only to Castro in the government of Cuba.

As the years went on, Guevara ran the department of industry for

Cuba. The government they formed was communist but very different from

the then Russian government. Ernesto attacked the Russian style of

Communism and said "It was tacit accomplice of imperialism." The

Russians were not trading only with communists and they were not giving

under developed countries aid.

After April of l965, Guevara disappeared from the public eye. Castro

dropped his association with Guevara because of Che's criticism. Che's

plan at that time was to bring about Marxism by starting a world-wide

revolution. He went around the world with forces (120 Cubans). In Congo,

they attempted to accomplish one of these revolutions. It fell short when

Belgian aid arrived to help the current government. Che had little help from

the rebels of Congo and eventually failed. His final days were spent in

Bolivia where he used bad judgment by trying to start a revolution. His

troops were crushed, and he was captured by the Bolivian Army. Che was

shot the next day.

Ernesto "Che" Guevara is known even today in Vollegrande, Bolivia

as a hero to many citizens. He is a symbol of power for the oppressed

people. Guevara is thought of by many as a saint. Pictures of Che remain

in many windows.

To the youth of America in the l960's and l970's Che was thought of

as an idol. He was viewed as a revolutionary martyr that supported the ideal

classless society. In many ways, his thoughts and ideas are important for us

today. Now our "democratic" government is only run by rich Caucasian

males. The door for the equality in our government has not been open to

the rest of society.

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