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Common who captured ‘Che’ Guevara buried with out honors


LA PAZ, Bolivia — The Bolivian normal who captured Argentine-Cuban guerrilla chief Ernesto “Che” Guevara has been buried, and the ceremony was shunned by Bolivia’s leftist nationwide authorities in a gesture that has angered his kinfolk.

Retired Gen. Gary Prado Salmón, a hero to some compatriots and a pariah to others, died Saturday at 84 from renal problems.

He had been declared a “nationwide hero” in 1967, but additionally was accused in 2009 of involvement in a coup try in opposition to then-President Evo Morales. The Bolivian Military didn’t bury Pardo with any honors for Sunday’s ceremony, although he did obtain tributes from metropolis and regional officers.

No authority from the nationwide authorities in La Paz issued any assertion on Prado’s loss of life, nor did any navy officers. No energetic members of the navy participated within the wake nor funeral and there have been no energetic obligation officers flanking Prado’s coffin, as is the norm for deceased members of the service — all of which has upset Prado’s household.

“My husband won’t be honored. The commanders violate the principles to please the federal government,” María del Carmen Morales, Prado’s widow, instructed the native El Deber newspaper.

Prado’s son, Gary Prado Araúz, stated a request by the Union of Retired Navy Personnel that honors be rendered had been denied. “It’s a disgrace,” he instructed journalists at his father’s wake.

Prado did obtain tributes from native authorities in Santa Cruz, essentially the most populous metropolis within the county the place he lived. The federal government of the Santa Cruz area laid Prado in state and family and friends members in addition to retired navy officers celebrated a Mass within the metropolis’s cathedral earlier than he was buried.

Prado was a captain on October 8, 1967 when he commanded the patrol that captured the legendary guerrilla fighter within the Bolivian jungle.

In his ebook “How I Captured Che” and in subsequent interviews, Prado acknowledged he was not liable for Guevara’s execution, which was ordered by higher-ranking officers. “I had nothing to do with it. I used to be searching for the opposite guerrilla fighters. Once I returned to the camp, they’d already executed him,” he stated.

Later in life, Prado was Bolivia’s ambassador to Nice Britain within the early Nineties and to Mexico in 2000-2002. It was throughout his posting in Mexico that Mexican author and filmmaker Alberto Híjar threw a glass of wine in his face, shouting, “To the well being of ‘Che,’ assassin.”

The federal government considerably distanced itself from Prado through the tenure of Morales, a leftist president in workplace from 2006 to 2019, who’s a acknowledged admirer of the Cuban revolution and a good friend of late Cuban President Fidel Castro.

Prado served 11 years of dwelling detention after he was accused of alleged terrorism as a part of a supposed coup plot in opposition to Morales in 2009. Morales is the present chief of the ruling Motion Towards Socialism, or MAS.

Whereas Prado was within the opposition, he was admired by supporters for his backing of the leaders of Santa Cruz, the nation’s financial engine that has lengthy been at odds with politicians in La Paz.

Former center-right President Carlos Mesa, who was in workplace 2003-2005, despatched a message of condolence. “I’m deeply saddened by the loss of life of Common Gary Prado, an honorable navy man and a very good particular person. A protagonist of a historic and elementary occasion in our historical past, the seize of Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara,” he tweeted.

Guevara’s guerrillas fought within the Bolivian jungle for 9 months between 1966 and 1967.

Guevara, an Argentine who later turned a Cuban citizen, was buried alongside different guerrilla fighters in Valle Grande, close to the place he was captured. The whereabouts of his stays have been stored secret till they have been recovered and moved to Santa Clara, Cuba in 1997.


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