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Proposal for Che Guevara Monument in Ireland Should Be Rejected, Says Ros-Lehtinen



House Foreign Affairs Committee

U.S. House of Representatives

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chairman

For IMMEDIATE Release – February 29, 2012

Proposal for Che Guevara Monument in Ireland Should Be Rejected, Says Ros-Lehtinen

(WASHINGTON) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement today urging the City Council of Galway, Ireland to reject a proposal to erect a monument in honor of Che Guevara:

“Despite the image makeover which some try to give him, the real Che Guevara was a mass murderer and human rights abuser.  To honor him with a monument would be an outrage, and would be a futile attempt to hide the brutal acts which he committed.

“The romanticizing image that this monument would portray would serve to diminish the brutality that was committed by Che and the painful suffering endured by many Cuban-American families and his other victims far and wide.  Che Guevara was a ruthless killer who should not be idealized.  Instead of honoring a killer, the City Council of Galway should honor the victims of Che and the Castro dictatorship by rejecting this proposal.”


Spanish version of press release is available below the fold.

N O T A  D E  P R E N S A

29 de febrero del 2012

Ros-Lehtinen Declara Que Ciudad Irlandesa Debe Rechazar Propuesta Para Construir Monumento Al Che Guevara

Washington, DC – La Congresista Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Presidenta del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores, emitió la siguiente declaración urgiendo al Consejo municipal de la ciudad de Galway, Irlanda rechazar una propuesta para construir un monumento en honor al Che Guevara.

Declaración de Ros-Lehtinen:

“A pesar del cambio de imagen que algunos quieren atribuirle, el verdadero Che Guevara fue un brutal asesino y abusador de los derechos humanos. Honrar a este monstruo con un monumento sería atroz,  un intento fútil para esconder los brutales actos que cometió.

La imagen de romanticismo de este monumento seria falsa por los actos violentos y despiadados cometidos por el Che y el indiscutible sufrimiento de innumerables familias cubano americanas y sus otras víctimas en Latinoamérica.

El Che Guevara fue un asesino que no se debe idealizar.  Le pido al Consejo municipal de Galway, Irlanda honrar a las víctimas del Che y de la dictadura castrista rechazando esta propuesta.”


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