Remembering Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara

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Che Guevara’s journey from doctor-in-training to international revolutionary.

Journal of People

teleSUR looks back at Guevara’s journey from doctor-in-training to international revolutionary.

Telesur | 07 October, 2016

Remembering Ernesto 'Che' Guevara

Born on June 14, 1928, Ernesto “Che” Guevara did not come into the world a revolutionary. He grew up in a middle-class Argentine family and trained to be a doctor, preparing to live a bourgeois life. But unlike others in his class, he was unable to shut his eyes to the injustices upon which material wealth was based: generational poverty and state-imposed policies designed to keep the poor ignorant and exploited. Life blessed him with the opportunity to live out his days in comfort, but instead he died age 39, fighting for revolution, murdered by CIA agents on Oct. 9, 1967, in the jungles of Bolivia.

Guevara’s eyes were famously opened to the harsh realities of capitalism for those born less privileged than him when, as a medical student in his early 20s, he hopped on a motorcycle and went…

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