Commentate Ernesto R. ‘Che’ Guevara de la Serna MD.
Born in Rosario, Argentina, on June 14, 1928, Ernesto Guevara de la Serna studied medicine before traveling around South America, observing conditions which spurred his Marxist beliefs. He is revered by many, even today, as a revolutionary cultural icon.
Meeting Fidel Castro
After completing his medical studies at the University of Buenos Aires, Guevara first became politically active in Argentina and then in neighboring Bolivia and Guatemala. In 1954, he met Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro and his brother Raul while in Mexico. Guevara became part of Fidel Castro’s efforts to overthrow the corrupt Batista government in Cuba. He served as a doctor and military advisor to Castro and led guerrilla troops in fierce battles against Batista forces.
Rise to Power and Death
Later, he became president of the Cuban National Bank and helped to shift the country’s trade relations from the United States to the Soviet Union. Three years later, he was appointed Minister of Industry. Guevara left this post in 1965 to export the ideas of Cuba’s revolution to other parts of the world. In 1966, he began to incite the people of Bolivia to rebel against their government, but had little success. With only a small guerrilla force to support his efforts, Guevara was finally captured and killed in La Higuera by the Bolivian army under the direction of the CIA on October 9, 1967.
Since his death, Che has become a legendary political and cultural figure worldwide. His name and heroic image is often equated with rebellion, protest and revolutionary change. Guevara’s idyllic, exemplary life continues to be a subject of great public interest for the oppressed and emerging peoples and countries of the world.