"the tenacity, sacrifice, and idealism displayed by Guevara"
After the July 1959 overthrow of Batista’s regime, Che presided over the first firing squads and established “Labor Camps” across the country modeled after the Soviet Gulags. He acted as judge, jury, and executioner, of which he personally took pride. He wrote in his essay:How can people today be so utterly ignorant of who that son of a bitch was?
“To send men to the firing squad, judicial proof is unnecessary. … These are the procedures of the bourgeois detail. This is a revolution! And a revolutionary must become a cold killing machine motivated by pure hate. We must create the teaching of the Wall!”
To invoke the “Berlin Wall” built by his comrades from Russia, was a testament to the process of dealing with dissidents and the elimination of opposition to the newly formed communist Cuban dictatorship; and eliminate they did.
Through these newly formed Labor Camps, Che ordered the death of hundreds of thousands of helpless Cubans, including women and children as young as 14 years old. He personally executed over 180 individual people, though some say many more fell at his own hands. Special detail at the camps was appointed to deal with the “Gay Problem” as they were imprisoned as well, and journalists were given no free voice as promised.
Following the takeover of the government, this newly formed Soviet-backed regime created a police state that incarcerated a higher percentage of people than Joseph Stalin’s communist regime and executed more people in the first three years than Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime did in its first six years.