“No More Che Day” in Gainesville
University of Florida students did something you rarely see on college campuses: They told the truth about the Butcher of La Cabaña. Holding up signs and passing out fliers, the students at UF were exposed to the reality behind the murderous Che, which few professors have the courage and integrity to teach.
By Ankita Rao
When University of Florida student Mauro Perez woke up Friday morning, he didn’t think he would be holding up posters and handing out fliers about Ernesto “Che” Guevara.
But when the Cuban-American junior saw a group of students spreading awareness against the late revolutionary who played a key role in socialist Cuba, Perez joined them.
Guevara, an Argentine Marxist and key figure in the Cuban Revolution, was executed 42 years ago Friday. While many label him a revolutionary, other say he was a terrorist.
The popular image of him in a beret and leather jacket adorns T-shirts, hats and buttons on campus, in specialty stores and online.
Perez was among the students at Turlington Plaza and at the Plaza of the Americas on Friday afternoon handing out fliers, T-shirts and posters for “No More Che Day.”
The white leaflets had the image of Guevara and his quotes such as “To execute a man we don’t need proof of his guilt.” The group told students about at least 180 documented murders of men, women and children they say have been committed by Guevara.
“I wouldn’t think people who wore his shirt would support him if they knew what he did,” said Chris DePaola, 20, communications chairman of the College Republicans, which supported Friday’s protest.
Almost half a century since the death of this monster, it is encouraging to see young college students standing up for the truth.
You can read the entire Gainesville Sun article HERE.