Che Guevara graffiti in Buenos Aires

Che Guevara street art can be found all over Buenos Aires. Today is the anniversary of the death of Ernesto Guevara de la Serna also known as ‘El Che’. Photos by Buenos Aires Street Art.

Che in San Telmo

Che was born in Rosario, Argentina. He was executed on October 9, 1967, aged 39, in the Bolivian village of La Higuera after being captured by CIA assisted forces.

Che with maté

His iconic image adorns T-shirts all over the world as well as being adopted by Communist Party. A number of Hollywood movies and documentaries have tried to unravel the character in recent years.

Che in Palermo

Was he the humane medic, revolutionary and freedom fighter who stood up for Latin America against the might of the USA and the battle against imperialism? Or was he a Communist mercenary, racist and cold-blooded murderer who helped a dictator to power?

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Two quotes attributed to El Che demonstrate the polarizing views of one of the most enigmatic and charismatic figures in history.  “The United States hastens the delivery of arms to the puppet governments they see as being increasingly threatened; it makes them sign pacts of dependence to legally facilitate the shipment of instruments of repression and death and of troops to use them.” (1961).

Che the revolutionary from Alberto Korda photo

“To send men to the firing squad, judicial proof is unnecessary…These procedures are an archaic bourgeois detail. This is a revolution! And a revolutionary must become a cold killing machine motivated by pure hate.”

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Death Che
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