The Legacy

While pictures of Guevara's dead body were being circulated and the circumstances of his death debated, his legend began to spread. Demonstrations in protest against his execution occurred throughout the world, and articles, tributes, songs and poems were written about his life and death. Even liberal elements that had felt little sympathy with Guevara's communist ideals during his lifetime expressed admiration for his spirit of self-sacrifice. He is singled out from other revolutionaries by many young people in the West because he rejected a comfortable bourgeois background to fight for those who were deprived of political power and economic stability. And when he gained power in Cuba, he gave up all the trappings of high government office in order to return to the revolutionary battlefield and, ultimately, to die.
Especially in the late 1960s, he became a popular icon symbolizing revolution and left-wing political ideals among youngsters in Western and Middle Eastern cultures.



Che Guevara square locating his masoluem in Santa Clara, Cuba

The government building overlooking the Revolution square, Havana, Cuba

La Higuera del Che, Bolivia

Che graffiti at the IRA controlled neigborhoods of Belfast, NI


Che monument in Santa Clara, Cuba

Che poster in a colombian city controlled by the FARC guerillas

Che on T-shirts

Che on coins and banknotes

At the street in Havana, Cuba

Che on Cuban stamps