Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Che statue tours the Argentine capital

Digital Granma -- Havana, May 28, 2008

BUENOS AIRES – With cries of "Warning, warning, Che Guevara is walking the streets of Argentina," a group of demonstrators on Tuesday carried a statue of Ernesto Che Guevara around the city to the Obelisk.

Che statue tours the Argentine capital. The four-meter sculpture is the work of self-taught artist Andrés Zerneri who, visibly moved, declared that it was the result of a collective effort.

He explained that when he first conceived the idea of producing the statue using keys and other small bronze objects donated by ordinary people, he was not too optimistic about the outcome, but over 30 months, all of his expectations were surpassed as objects arrived from virtually all over the world.

The demonstrators, mainly young people, carried Argentine flags, red cloth banners bearing the likeness of the heroic guerrilla, Cuban flags and an enormous banner, also red, with the historic phrase, ¡Hasta la victoria siempre!

The caravan, which covered many of the city’s main arteries, including the famous Avenida Corrientes, was also a tribute to the five Cuban patriots unjustly imprisoned in the United States for fighting terrorism.

Translated by Granma International

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