Next week will mark the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Che Guevara. Throughout this week I’m going to post videos and commentary about him and various events in Cuban history.
Che was killed in the highlands of Bolivia in a CIA operation headed up by a man by the name of Felix Rodriguez. Che was in Bolivia trying to breathe life back into a struggling guerilla movement to return the country and its resources back to its rightful owners — the Indians. Forty years after Che’s death and 500 years after the Spanish Conquest, Bolivia has a president that not only looks like the majority of the people of Bolivia, but more importantly, thinks like them. By nationalizing precious resources and redistributing land, the people of Bolivia are on the way to re-building their sovereignty. If Che was around today, he would be gratified.
Following is a video of a triumphant Fidel and the rest of the “barbudos” entering Havana in January 1959 after beating the Cuban army and as the cruel, US client-president, Fulgencio Batista high-tailed it out of the country. The video shows the early days of the revolution and a busy Che and Fidel. Check out the ceremony where the poor are being given their parcels of land as a part of the agrarian reform program. It should be noted that Fidel expropriated land from his own family to contribute to this effort.