Cuba and the Latin America of progress are in mourning. Cuba receives two disastrous news on October 8, 1967: The death of Orlando Pantoja Tamayo in Bolivia and the capture of Ernesto Che Guevara, who was murdered the next day in La Higuera.
The revolutionary struggle lost the standard bearers of freedom in South America. However, those guerrillas left an enduring legacy. Che left a challenge for those of us who follow his ideals.
His image in the armed struggle in the Sierra Maestra under the orders of Fidel Castro, his fulfillment of the task given by Fidel to carry out the invasion of the West, his fidelity to the Cuban Revolution, his dedication to every function he undertook in Cuba after the triumph of January 1, 1959, and his internationalist spirit have served as inspiration and become a fortress when it comes to fighting and resisting.
Today more than ever, the examples of Orlando Pantoja, Ernesto Che Guevara and other fallen guerrillas in Bolivia, march together with the Cuban people to move forward in the face of such a difficult situation that the country is experiencing, as a consequence of the intensification of the U.S. blockade against Cuba.
If when we were primary school students, we used to say that we would be like Che, now it is time for us to put that maxim into practice. And not to weaken or surrender, as they did.
All the way to victory!
We are like Che!