Participants at a memorial meeting to observe Che Guevara's 45th death anniversary said the Argentine-born Cuban revolutionary will never be forgotten as he sacrificed his life for the freedom and welfare of the oppressed masses.
The programme was organised by Che Parishad of Barisal at Shaheed Kanchan Udyan of the city.
Among those who addressed the gathering were Manisha Chakroborty, Imran Habib Rumon, Moslem Shikdar and Badal Biswas and songs on this occasion were performed by Mukul Das, Shombhu Sarkar, Purba Sarkar and Supon Ghosh.
The speakers and participants commemorated Che as a role model for the younger generation.
Almost 45 years after his death, Che continues to inspire people. No other image has been reproduced as many times in history. Black and white photographs of Che can be found on posters, T-shirts, mugs, wallets and cigarette lighters all over the world, they said.
The speakers narrated the life and achievements of Che who was born on June 14, 1928 in Rosario, Argentina. Graduating as doctor, Che embarked on an arduous journey after meeting Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro in 1955 in Mexico. He travelled to Cuba to participate in the guerrilla war to overthrow the US-backed Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista. The guerrillas achieved victory on January 1, 1959.
In 1966 he went to Bolivia to disseminate the socialist revolution. On October 8, 1967 he was captured by the Bolivian army.
Ernesto (“Che”) Guevara was executed by Bolivian troops near the town of La Higuera on October 9, 1967. The operation was planned by the CIA and organised by US Special Forces.