Today in Latin American History
Guerrilla Leader Che Guevara and His Men Were Captured in Bolivia in 1967
Photo: Che Guevara
Today in Latin American history, Guerrilla leader Che Guevara and his men were captured in Bolivia in 1967.
On October 7, 1967, an informant apprised the Bolivian Special Forces of the location of Guevara’s guerrilla encampment in the Yuro ravine.
On October 8, they encircled the area with 1,800 soldiers, and Guevara was wounded and taken prisoner while leading a detachment with Simeón Cuba Sarabia.
Che biographer Jon Lee Anderson reports Bolivian Sergeant Bernardino Huanca’s account: that a twice-wounded Guevara, his gun rendered useless, shouted, “Do not shoot! I am Che Guevara and I am worth more to you alive than dead.”
Bolivian President René Barrientos ordered that Guevara be killed the next day.
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