Camilo with Che at Havana’s Plaza de la Revolución


Since October 27, the image of Camilo Cienfuegos has been accompanying that of Che Guevara in Havana’s historic Plaza de la Revolución, half a century after Camilo’s death on October 28, 1959. The back of the building that houses the Ministry of Informatics and Communications is the site of the monumental sculpture by artist Enrique Avila. The words “Vas bien, Fidel” (You’re doing fine, Fidel) appear on the bottom right hand corner of the Camilo sculpture. Camilo, “the Hero of Yaguajay,” made that comment to Fidel Castro at the January 8, 1959 rally where Fidel declared that the Columbia military barracks would be turned into a school. The sculptor’s goal was to make create a sculpture that would match that of Che Guevara, a prominent feature of the square.

Camilo Cienfuegos disappeared while he was traveling in a small plane from Camagüey province after having carried out a mission related to the counterrevolutionary plot of the traitor Hubert Matos.

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Photo by Roberto Suárez, photo-reporter for the Cuban newspaper Juventud Rebelde at

One thought on “Camilo with Che at Havana’s Plaza de la Revolución

  1. “Few men have succeeded in leaving on every action such a distinctive personal mark. He had the natural intelligence of the people, who had chosen him out of thousands for a privileged position on account of the audacity of his blows, his tenacity, his intelligence, and unequalled devotion. Camilo practiced loyalty like a religion.”

    — Che Guevara

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