Cuban Heroes Visit La Higuera to Honour Che

Gerardo Hernandez, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez, Ramon Labañino and Rene Gonzalez, known as the Five, and Colonel Orlando Cardoso Villavicencio paid tribute to the famous guerrilla

By: Juventud Rebelde

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2015-10-10 | 13:08:51 EST

VALLEGRANDE, Bolivia, October 9. Six Cuban heroes visited the Bolivian community of La Higuera, where on October 9, 1967 the Argentine-Cuban guerrilla Ernesto Guevara was assassinated.

Gerardo Hernandez, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez, Ramon Labañino and Rene Gonzalez, known as the Five, and Colonel Orlando Cardoso Villavicencio, all Heroes of the Republic of Cuba, paid tribute to the famous guerrilla, on the penultimate day of their visit to Bolivia , reported PL.

The day before, the Cuban heroes accompanied President Evo Morales at the inauguration of the Che Guevara School, located on the outskirts of the city, and adjacent to the airstrip, near which the remains of the Argentine-Cuban guerrilla were hidden for three decades.

In the afternoon, accompanied by the ambassadors of Cuba and Argentina, Benigno Perez and Ariel Basteiro, in that order, visited the Lord of Malta Hospital, where on October 9, 1967 the Bolivian army took the remains of the Heroic Guerrilla.

The Five and Cardoso Villavicencio laid a wreath at the laundry of that centre, where the body of Che remained for four hours.

After they visited the morgue and left a message on the slabs near the laundry, in which they highlighted the example of Che and how he inspired them during the time they remained in prison.

Later, surrounded by members of the Cuban missions in the country and dozens of Bolivian doctors graduated in Cuba, they toured the site where Tania the guerrilla was buried, and also laid a wreath, reported Prensa Latina.

They also visited the monument to Che and his men in Vallegrande, in a rally, in which Ramón Labañino emphasized the importance of the guerrilla leader and the importance of these generations knowing his legacy.

Soon after, the Cuban heroes unveiled a plaque to record visiting the place and, finally, planted six pines as part of a custom by illustrious visitors.

Che was captured in the Quebrada del Yuro, on October 8, 1967 and transferred to the school in La Higuera, where the next morning, by order of the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States, he was killed.

His body was secretly buried near the airstrip of this city, where he remained for 30 years before his remains were taken to the Cuban city of Santa Clara.

Translated by ESTI

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