Che Guevara 50 years on – revolutionary socialist and fighter

Che Guevara

Fifty years after his death, the image of Che Guevara is familiar to most people. A fashion statement for some, for many others it is a political declaration. They identify with the legacy left by Che Guevara as a symbol of struggle, defiance, internationalism and a better, socialist world.

As Tony Saunois, secretary of the Committee for a Workers’ International (CWI) wrote in 2007, Che Guevara is justifiably viewed as a principled revolutionary fighter.

“Shoot, coward, you are only going to kill a man”. These, according to some accounts, were the last words of defiance uttered by Che Guevara before his execution on 9 October 1967 in Bolivia. He was 39.

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