Protesters who gathered in front of the White House on Thursday, July 15, in solidarity with Cubans on the island expressed total repudiation of the vindication of the assassin “Che” Guevara. Its dissemination in the U.S. undermines the suffering of his victims, Breitbart said, and they urged people to learn about his true legacy.
On Thursday night, several protesters rallied to call on U.S. President Joe Biden to speak out against Cuba’s communist regime and support the Cuban people’s protests.
“He was a [expletive] terrorist,” said one of them, adding that people in the world “have the wrong impression” of the communist Guevara. “He was in charge of killing people in Cuba.”
Another of the protesters, who carried a banner with an image rejecting “Che,” and identified himself as Gianni, told the media outlet that those who admire Guevara have “the wrong information” and urged them to learn more about his true legacy.
“People think he was great and a revolutionary. What no one tells you is that he used to kill gays in Cuba. His great idea was concentration camps for gays,” Gianni explained. “He used to kill Christians. He used to kill people that didn’t agree with him just because they wanted freedom and they didn’t want to be communist.”
Argentine communist Ernesto “Che” Guevara is the man who, along with Fidel Castro, perpetuated the takeover of Cuba in 1959. He was a pioneer in the use of concentration camps for dissidents and was in charge of the firing squads for people who demonstrated against the Cuban regime, religious people, and homosexuals.
But in the West, somehow his story has been twisted, and today he is seen among progressive groups as a “revolutionary” icon representing the oppressed. Nothing could be further from the truth. So much so that the genocidal communist’s portrait can be seen emblazoned on t-shirts and banners, even among LGBT groups, whose executioner Guevara was.
Anyone who was considered a threat to communism, be it those suspected of homosexuality, or those who belonged to Christian groups such as Jehovah’s Witnesses, or dissident writers and journalists, were sent to work in UMAP (Military Units to Aid Production), which were forced labour camps used for agricultural work, where dissidents were exposed to unhealthy working hours.
Another protester, who identified himself as Amilkal, reminded Breitbart that Gevara had expressed a desire to kill people, possibly referring to the genocidaire’s iconic speech to the United Nations General Assembly.
“He said ‘we are going to kill people and we will continue to kill people if we need it. People against the revolution, we’re going to kill them,'” Amilkal said.
In 1964, Guevara told the UN: “We have to say here what is a well-known truth, that we have always expressed before the world: firing squad executions, yes, we have executed,” the communist Guevara acknowledged to the world, and assured, “We execute and we will keep executing so long as it is necessary. Our struggle is a struggle to the death.”
The protests on the island are fuelled by the conditions of misery in which the Cuban people find themselves, and to a large extent by the discontent of young people who have not lived in any other political system but who, through the internet, have learned how Cubans who managed to escape the island to free countries live, and are rebelling against the oppressive system, even exposing themselves to the possibility of dying under violent repression, to say enough is enough to communism.
After peaceful protests began on the island, the Castro regime issued a “combat order” requiring civilians to take to the streets to attack anti-communist demonstrators. The regime also blocked the internet, further isolating the Cuban people so that they could not share the violent repression spreading across the island via the internet.
The White House protesters said the Biden administration should urgently help restore internet access and allow Cubans in the U.S. to return to the island and help fight the regime, according to Breitbart.
In this regard, former President Donald Trump expressed his solidarity with the Cuban people and criticized the Biden administration’s lukewarm stance on the situation on the island.
Trump said: “The Biden Administration’s refusal to forcefully condemn Communism and the Cuban Communist Regime is a national travesty. The Biden Administration’s ludicrous suggestion that the Cubans are protesting government mismanagement—not brutal Communist oppression—is an insult to every Cuban patriot who has suffered, been imprisoned, or died in pursuit of freedom.”
“Today’s Democrat Party is so far left they can’t even take a stand against violent Communism. Many are Communists themselves!” Trump said.