Tributes to Che Guevara Underway in Vallegrande, Bolivia


The celebrations to honor Argentine-Cuban guerrilla Ernesto Che Guevara began today in Vallegrande, in the eastern department of Santa Cruz, with a pilgrimage to several sites linked to the legendary fighter.

Shortly before noon, members of the solidarity movement with Cuba, members of the Cuban medical brigade in Bolivia, ambassadors of Latin American countries and Bolivians from across the country will visit the places where the bodies of Che Guevara and his guerrilla comrades were hidden for 30 years.

After the pilgrimage, a ceremony will be held at the mausoleum that was erected in the place where the Bolivian army buried and hid Che Guevara´s body, shortly after killing him in 1967.

The location, next to an old airstrip, has become a mandatory stop for those who visit Vallegrande.

This town has a population of only 8,000 inhabitants and was founded in 1612.

The people of Vallegrande, who did not know that the body of the famous guerrilla was buried near the town, speak of Che Guevara proudly and tell stories of his passage through land near the community.

Others take advantage of his image and sell jackets, hats, posters and books related to his life all the year, but especially in October, when they celebrate the anniversary of his death.

The celebrations for the 46th anniversary of Che’s death include a visit to La Higuera on Wednesday, where he was moved after being taken prisoner in the Quebrada del Yuro and where he was killed on orders from the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA ).

Che Guevara was born in Rosario, Argentina on June 14, 1928.

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