Che is not dead, his work lives on – Diaz-Canel

CUBAN First Vice-President Miguel Diaz-Canel says Che Guevara was the most complete of revolutionaries. He said Che was a man of thought and action, or profound humanism, an intellectual and lover of the arts.

During a solemn activity commemorating the 50th anniversary of the death of the legendary heroic guerrilla Ernesto Che Guevara at the mausoleum erected in his honour in Santa Clara yesterday, Vice-President Diaz-Canel said Che’s qualities and actions not only earned him the respect of the Cuban people but also their love and admiration.

He said Che fought without ever surrendering, was wounded, his weapon disabled, captured and later murdered.

“But his example will live on and multiply,” Vice-President Diaz-Canel said. “The heroic guerrilla was the most complete of revolutionaries. Che is not dead, as his murderers wanted, but his work lives on in the people that admire and follow his examples.”

He said of his murderers’ history only remembered their cowardice because Che’s colossal example, the decorum of his revolutionary lineage endured and multiplied day by day.

“To his personal characteristics, he combined convictions and values forged in the struggle, which turned him into an exceptional revolutionary, a special man with a very original way of facing life,” Vice-President Diaz-Canel said.

He said the achievements of the Cuban people were a demonstration of just how much had been done to continue Che’s legacy and match his example and trying to be like him.

“His figure grows larger in time when new generations of Cubans, growing under his sign and that of his legacy, recognize and assume his revolutionary paradigm. They endorse that constant call to study, to work and the fulfillment of duty. His model of altruistic man becomes an ideal to follow. As a leader and minister, Che was able to apply new methods of leadership in the industry, to engage his subordinates by example and with a rigorous system of control and discipline. He created factories and also formed revolutionaries. He was an incessant seeker of truths and reasons to advance in the socialist construction. Che warned us that the present should not become the return to the past and that to build the future we had to be always united,” Vice-President Diaz-Canel said. “It is a reality that today Che is a moral giant for people of different ages and for the young people on the planet.”

He said although the Cuban people knew Che had been assassinated in Bolivia in 1967, they were certain Che’s remains would be brought back to Cuba.

“30 years later, he returned victorious alongside his colleagues,” Vice-President Diaz-Canel said.

He noted that although this was the first anniversary of Che’s death commemorated without the physical presence of Fidel Castro, who died in November last year, “both will live on forever in the hearts of the Cuban people”.

The Vice-President spoke about the current global situation marked by war, conflict, economic crisis, climate change and poverty.

He said in the midst of such challenges, Cuba continued to move forward.

Vice-President Diaz-Canel also reaffirmed Cuba’s support to Venezuela and President Nicolas Maduro.

He said Cuba would not allow itself to be intimidated by new schemes designed to vilify the country nor would it make concessions regarding how it chose to construct socialism.

Vice-President Diaz-Canel recalled Che’s words when he said that “imperialism cannot be trusted in the slightest”.

He said whatever changes were being made in Cuba were undertaken in consultation with the people.

Vice-President Diaz-Canel said interference by others was not necessary or acceptable.

Presiding the act was President Raul Castro along with 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.

A recording of Fidel’s October 18, 1967 speech dedicated to Che was 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!”

At the Plaza, the 6.80 meter, 20 tonne, bronze statue of Comandante Che Guevara stands on a 16-meter high platform in the mausoleum.

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