OFFICIAL VOICE OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF CUBA CENTRAL COMMITTEE

Representatives of Cuban youth and mass organizations, artists, and academics will participate in the world gathering to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Che's death, being held in Vallegrande, October 5- 9.

"It is an honor to participate in an encounter dedicated to the figure of Ernesto Che Guevara, an icon of unity and example of struggle for Cubans," stated Ronald Hidalgo Rivera, second secretary of the Young Communists League (UJC).

A delegation including 15 participants, left for Bolivia in the dawn hours today, October 5, to join some 10,000 representatives of social movements, authorities, academics, and youth from across Latin America and the world.

Hidalgo commented that he expects the event to be an extraordinary experience, "given the cultural interaction with other Latin Americans, the direct contact with history, and the opportunity to honor the heroic guerilla. All of this makes participating in the world encounter a privilege."

Among the main activities planned are guided tours of La Higuera, including the Ernesto Che Guevara school and museum, cultural performances, and expositions.