OFFICIAL VOICE OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF CUBA CENTRAL COMMITTEE

Aniversario de la caída del Che en Santa Clara.

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08:55-. In images, moments from the ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the death of Ernesto Che Guevara in Bolivia

50 ANIVERSARIO DE LA MUERTE DEL CHE.

50 ANIVERSARIO DE LA MUERTE DEL CHE.

50 ANIVERSARIO DE LA MUERTE DEL CHE

Photos: Juvenal Balán

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08:32-.Díaz-Canel also noted that although this is the first anniversary of Che’s death being commemorated without Fidel, both are immortal and will live on forever in the hearts of the Cuban people.
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08:30-. He recalled Che’s words when he stated that imperialism cannot be trusted in the slightest, going on to note that changes in the country are undertaken in consultation with the people, and that interference by others is not necessary.
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08:30-. The first vice president continued, stating that Cuba will not allow itself to be intimidated by new schemes designed to vilifying the country, nor will it make concessions regarding how it chooses to construct socialism.
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08:28-. Amidst this scenario Cuba continues to move forward, noted Díaz-Canel, who also reaffirmed the island’s support for the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and its legitimate government.
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08:28-.Díaz-Canel spoke about the current global situation, marked by war, conflict, economic crisis, climate change and poverty.
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08:25-.The first vice president recalled that although the Cuban people knew he had been assassinated in Bolivia, they were sure that Che would return; which he did 30 years later, victorious and alongside his compañeros.
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08:22-. The achievements of the Cuban people are a demonstration of just how much has been done to continue his legacy and match his example, to try to be like him, stated Díaz-Canel.
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08:22-.Che was a man of thought and action, of profound humanism, an intellectual and lover of the arts, noted Díaz-Canel.


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08:20-.Díaz-Canel recalls Che’s qualities and actions, which not only earned him the respect of the Cuban people but also their love and admiration.
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08:20-. Che is not dead, as his murderers wanted, but his work lives on in the people that admire and follow his example, added the Cuban vice president.
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08:18-.Díaz-Canel recalls Fidel’s words when he announced Che’s death to the people of Cuba, describing the heroic guerilla as the most “complete of revolutionaries.”
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08:18-. Che fought without ever surrendering, wounded, he was captured and later murdered, but his example will live on and multiply, stated the first vice president.
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08:15-. Miguel Díaz-Canel, Party Political Bureau member and first vice president of the Councils of State and Ministers begins his speech.

08:15. Photo: TV image
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08:12-. A children’s choir sings a song dedicated to Che by Gabriela Mistral.


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08:07-.Guevara, this land that is your land, this people that is your people, this Revolution that is your Revolution, will continue to raise the flag of socialism, she concluded.
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08:05-. Vega noted that the people of Villa Clara will continue and protect the heroic guerilla’s legacy and that the current generation, as well as Che’s, will not fail him or his compañeros.
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08:05-.Sara Mary Vega, pre-university student from Villa Clara described Che as an inspiration for the new generations.

08.05. Photo: TV image
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08:02-. A junior high school student expressed their admiration for the heroic guerilla and gratitude for his example.


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08:00-. The country’s senior leadership presents 50 elementary school children with their blue kerchiefs identifying them as members of the José Martí Pioneros organization. A letter sent to a relation by one of Che’s compañeros in Bolivia, Alberto Fernández Montes de Oca, can be heard in the background.

07:58-.The 6.80 meter, 20 ton, bronze statue of Comandante Che Guevara stands on a 16meter high platform in the mausoleum.
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07:50-. Attending the ceremony are relations of Che and the compañeros who died alongside him in Bolivia, as well as a delegation of combatants from Invasion Column no.8 Ciro Redondo and no.2 Antonio Maceo.
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07:50-. Also present are members of the Party Political Bureau, Central Committee Secretariat and vice presidents of the Councils of State and Ministers, as well as leaders from the Party, government, youth and mass organizations, Revolutionary Armed Forces, ministry of the Interior among other institutions.
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07:45-. A recording of Fidel’s October 18, 1967 speech dedicated to Che is played: “If we want the model of a man, who does not belong to our times but to the future, I say from the depths of my heart that such a model, without a single stain on his conduct, without a single stain on his action, is Che!".
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07:42-.The guard of honor is performed and a floral wreath in the form of a red star is placed at the foot of the bronze statue of Che, after which a minute of silence is observed, followed by the national anthem.


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07:35-. The President of the Councils of State and Ministers of Cuba, Raúl Castro Ruz - accompanied by José Ramón Machado Ventura, Miguel Díaz-Canel and Esteban Lazo Hernández - pays tribute to Che and his compañeros at the mausoleum where their remains are buried.

FOTO: 07:35: Photo. TV image
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07:30-. The Comandante Ernesto Che Guevara mausoleum was designed and created by architect Jorge Cao Campos and sculptor José Delarra.
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07:30-. Santa Clara’s Ernesto Guevara Square is all set to host tributes to Che and his compañeros on the 50th anniversary of their death.