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Guevara Che Guevara Che real name Ernesto Guevara 1928-1967 Latin American guerrilla leader and revolutionary theorist who became a hero to the New Left radicals of the 1960s Born into a middle-class family in Rosario Argentina Guevara received a medical degree from the University of Buenos Aires in 1953 Convinced that revolution was the only remedy for Latin Americas social inequities in 1954 he went to Mexico where he joined exiled Cuban revolutionaries under Fidel Castro In the late 1950s he played an important role in Castros guerrilla war against Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista and when Castro came to power he served as Cubas minister of industry 1961-1965 A strong opponent of US influence in the Third World he helped guide the Castro regime on its leftward and pro-Communist path The author of two books on guerrilla warfare Guevara advocated peasant-based revolutionary movements in the developing countries He disappeared from Cuba in 1965 reappearing the following year as an insurgent leader in Bolivia He was captured by the Bolivian army and shot near Vallegrande on October 9 1967 byname of ERNESTO GUEVARA DE LA SERNA theoretician and tactician of guerrilla warfare prominent Communist figure in the Cuban Revolution 1956-59 and later guerrilla leader in South America Guevara was the eldest of five children in a middle-class family of Spanish-Irish descent and leftist leanings Though suffering from asthma he excelled as an athlete and a scholar completing his medical studies in 1953 He spent many of his holidays travelling in Latin America and his observations of the great poverty of the masses convinced him that the only solution lay in violent revolution He came to look upon Latin America not as a collection of separate nations but as a cultural and economic entity the liberation of which would require an intercontinental strategy In 1953 Guevara went to Guatemala where Jacobo Arbenz headed a progressive regime that was attempting to bring about
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