Cuban President Remembers Che: “Let Us be the Nightmare of Those Who Seek to Take Away Our Dreams”

October 8, 2021.

Che Vive, photo: Bill Hackwell

Today through a series of tweets, Cuban President, Miguel Díaz-Canel, linked the ideas of Che Guevara with the circumstances facing Cuba today.

October 8, the Day of the Heroic Guerilla is the anniversary of the fall in combat in 1967 of Che in Bolivia and a symbol of the struggles of the international left, was recognized by First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba and President of the Republic, Miguel Díaz-Canel, through a series of messages on his Twitter recalling the significance of the day and of Che.

Under the hashtag #CheVive, the Cuban president published the phrase “The fundamental clay of our work is the youth: in them we place our hope and prepare them to take the flag from our hands”. Linking this quote to today, the president included in his publication an image of two young doctors of the Henry Reeve Brigade, back in Cuba, after fulfilling their mission to face the COVID-19 pandemic far from the Homeland in the spirit of the heroic guerilla.

“We, socialists, are freer because we are fuller; we are fuller for being freer (…) Our sacrifice is conscious; with a quota to pay for the freedom we built”, which was another Guevarian idea shared by the Head of State.

He went onto to quote Che again when he said: “The future of the country is directly linked to the development of science and technology. We will never be able to walk on our own feet as long as we do not have advanced technology, based on our own technique, our own science”.

Díaz-Canel sealed his remembrance with an idea that can serve as a banner for any revolutionary: “Let us be the nightmare of those who try to take away our dreams”.

About the Cuban Revolution, he shared Che’s idea, expressed at the 1960 World Youth Congress, that “The Cuban Revolution expresses in every tribune where it has to speak, the truth of the children of its land and always expresses it in the face of friends or enemies”.

“In our ambition as revolutionaries we try to walk as fast as possible, opening roads, but we know that we have to nourish ourselves from the masses and that they can only advance faster if we encourage them with our example,” added the president, referring to another phrase of the Heroic Guerrilla from 1965

To close, he quoted an idea that inspires thousands of young people all over the world: “Let me tell you, at the risk of sounding ridiculous, that the true revolutionary is guided by great feelings of love. It is impossible to think of an authentic revolutionary without this quality.”

Ernesto Guevara de la Serna, known as Che Guevara, was an Argentine revolutionary fighter and doctor whose life, conduct and thought have become a paradigm for millions of people.

He was part of the expedition of the Granma yacht, reached the rank of Commander, and after the triumph of the Revolution, he was appointed President of the National Bank of Cuba and Minister of Industries. In 1965 he led a guerrilla front in the Congo.

In Bolivia, in 1967, he was taken prisoner by Bolivian troops with the help of the CIA in Quebrada del Yuro. The day after his capture he was assassinated. His remains were found in 1997 and sent to Cuba where they rest in Santa Clara.

Source: Resumen Latinoamericano