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Issue #1798      October 11, 2017

Tribute to Che Guevara

On Saturday October 7, the Australia-Cuba Friendship Society and other community organisers paid tribute to Ernesto Che Guevara on the 50th anniversary of his assassination.

More than 50 people from different walks of life gathered at Perth Trades Hall to participate in a community cultural afternoon to learn and share their thoughts on Che Guevara.

Speakers highlighted Che’s qualities whose example of solidarity has been adopted by the Cuban Revolution. As we know, Cuba is a beacon of humanity, solidarity in motion that has provided medical brigades to more than 100 countries around the world as well as medical training to more than 130,000 people from poor countries and also from poorer communities of the United States.

Another achievement is the Cuban literacy campaign “Yes I Can” (Yo si Puedo) which grew out of the Revolution has taught hundreds of people to read in third world countries and in developed countries such as New Zealand and Australia. A love of education and especially literacy was a priority for Che who was known to teach literacy to the revolutionary fighters in his command during the revolution.

Che’s teachings for a new type of human being creates an example for a new generation of social activists whose political activity will found a new society, a socialist society.

The tribute raised funds to help the victims of Hurricane Irma in Cuba. It was noted that the biggest calamity to hit the Cuban people was the inhumane US economic and financial blockade that has raged against the Cuban people and their revolution for more than 50 years. The Friendship Societies will continue to protest and raise awareness against this unjust blockade.

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