ALGIERS – Aleida Guevara, one of the daughters of legendary Cuban-Argentine guerrilla Ernesto “Che” Guevara, said Thursday in Algiers that the world needs “many (like) Che” to fight the injustices against which her father fought and from which humanity still suffers “to an even greater extent.”
At a press conference in the Algerian capital, the oldest daughter of Che’s second marriage, on a visit to the North African country, said that if her father “is (still) alive in the hearts and spirits of many people” it is because the problems against which he fought continue to exist and “the differences between rich and poor are even more marked.”
The 49-year-old Guevara said Latin America is experiencing “a situation of important tension” and she accused the United States of being “complicit” in the coup d’état in Honduras and of threatening the countries in the region with the establishment of military bases in Colombia to impede initiatives for unity like the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas, or ALBA.
“The United States is reacting once again with arrogance to the search for solutions to improve the living conditions of our peoples, and that’s why we need the solidarity of all the friendly peoples like Algeria,” she said, adding that it is necessary to “join forces to protect the sovereignty” of nations who “suffered from foreign colonialism.”
This is the second visit by Che’s daughter to Algiers, a city to which her father traveled on several occasions in the 1960s, when Algeria was a symbol to African liberation movements after its war of independence from France.
The city’s main avenue along the seaside bears the name of the guerrilla leader, who is much loved by and well-known to Algerians.
Aleida Guevara – who was received on Wednesday by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika – said that her stay in Algeria had allowed her “to feel once again the love that this people has for my father.”
When asked about what Che would think of the current situation in Cuba, she said that “he would be very critical of us, but at the same time he would be very satisfied that we’ve been able to survive such difficult situations as we’ve confronted in recent years.”
“Che continued to be a banner of struggle above all for something that people note: he was a very consistent leader and never demanded that anyone do something that he was not able to do. The most important (thing) was his human quality,” she emphasized. EFE