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Cuba celebrates Che's 83rd birthday
Wed Jun 15, 2011 3:46AM
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Ernesto Che Guevara
Ernesto Che Guevara's 83th birthday anniversary has been celebrated in the central Cuban province of Sancti Spiritus, where he carried out important military actions.

The municipality of Fomento was the venue of a cultural show in honor of Che, which was the first territory of the former province of Las Villas to be liberated by the Rebel Army commanded by Cuban revolutionaries, AP reports.

"Guevara was loyal to his principles in the times he lived. He had an iron will, an extraordinary courage, a deep sense of dignity and humanity and the will to fight for his homeland until the last minute. His deeds, heroism and qualities together with his revolutionary and anti-imperialist feelings led him to fight for noble and just causes,” reads a note published on Tuesday by Granma newspaper on the occasion of the anniversary of his birthday.

More than 50 years after the fact, Cuba has published the diary, entitled Diary of a Combatant, that Ernesto kept during the armed struggle he waged alongside Fidel Castro from the Sierra Maestra Mountains.

According to Guevara's widow, Aleida March, the goal is "to show his work, his thoughts, his life, so that the Cuban people and the entire world get to know him and don't distort things anymore."

As a young medical student, Guevara traveled throughout Latin America and was radically transformed by the endemic poverty and alienation he witnessed. His experiences and observations during these trips led him to conclude that the region's ingrained economic inequalities were an intrinsic result of capitalism, monopolism, neocolonialism, and imperialism, with the only remedy being world revolution.

Commonly known as 'El Che' or simply 'Che', he was an Argentine revolutionary, physician, author, intellectual, guerrilla leader, diplomat and military man. A major figure of the Cuban Revolution, his stylized visage has become a ubiquitous countercultural symbol of rebellion and global insignia within popular culture.

Che (June 14, 1928 - October 9, 1967) was executed in cold blood by a US-lead death squad that captured him in Bolivia. He had emerged as a prominent symbol of uncompromising opposition to US domination.

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