[Marxism] Cuban Doctors Treat Man Who Executed Che

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BBC News Report

Cuban  doctors working in Bolivia have saved the sight of the man who 
executed  revolutionary leader Che Guevara in 1967, Cuban official media report.  
Mario Teran, a Bolivian army sergeant, shot dead Che Guevara after he was  
captured in Bolivia's eastern lowlands.  
Cuban media reported news of the surgery ahead of the 40th anniversary of  
Che's death on 9 October.  
Mr Teran had cataracts removed under a Cuban programme to offer free eye  
treatment across Latin America.  
The operation on Mr Teran took place last year and was first revealed when  
his son wrote to a Bolivian newspaper to thank the Cuban doctors for restoring  
his father's sight.  
But Cuban media took up the story at the weekend as the island prepares for  
commemorations to mark Che Guevara's death 40 years ago.  
"Four decades after Mario Teran attempted to destroy a dream and an idea, Che 
 returns to win yet another battle," the Communist Party's official newspaper 
 Granma proclaimed.  
"Now an old man, he [Teran] can once again appreciate the colours of the sky  
and the forest, enjoy the smiles of his grandchildren and watch football 
Che Guevara, who played a key role in the Cuban revolution of 1959, travelled 
 to Bolivia in 1966 to start a social revolution.  
But in October 1967, the Bolivian army, with assistance from the CIA,  
captured Guevara and his remaining fighters.  
Che Guevara, wounded in the fighting, was taken to a schoolhouse in the  
village of La Higuera on 8 October where the soldiers debated what to do with  
Mario Teran is reported to have drawn the short straw and been ordered to  
execute the captured guerrilla.  
Che Guevara was killed on 9 October and his body taken to a hospital in  
nearby Vallegrande, where his corpse was paraded before the world's media.  
In 1997 his remains were discovered, exhumed and returned to Cuba, where he  
was reburied.  


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