A 2-ton, 4-metre bronze statue of
Argentina-born guerrilla leader Ernesto "Che" Guevara, made by artist
Andres Zerneri (bottom L) is transported past Buenos Aires' Obelisk May
27, 2008. (Xinhua/Reuters, File Photo)
BUENOS AIRES, June 14 (Xinhua) -- A bronze statue of
legendary guerrilla fighter Ernesto "Che" Guevara was unveiled on Saturday in
Argentina to commemorate his 80th birthday.
The towering statue, which weighs 2.7 tons and is 4
meters high, was unveiled in the eastern coastal city of Rosario where Guevara
was born exactly 80 years ago.
This is the first such monument for Guevara in his
Guevara's daughter, Aleida
Guevara, arrived in Rosario on Saturday to attend the dedication of the statue.
Aleida, (2nd L9),the daughter of the
late guerilla leader Ernesto "Che" Guevara, accompanied by two members of
human rights group Madres de Plaza de Mayo walk to inaugurate a statue of
her father in Rosario, 310km (192 miles) north of Buenos Aires, June 14,
2008. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
Born in 1928 in Argentina, Guevara was one of Cuban
leader Fidel Castro's most important commanders during Cuba's 1959 revolution.
Later he gave up his high position in Cuba to become a guerrilla fighter in
Bolivia. The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency helped launch a Bolivian military
operation in 1967 in which Guevara was captured and executed.