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Men and images of Ernesto “Che” Guevara at the 2009 World Social Forum held in Brazil in Belém. Belém is the capital of the state of Pará, a port city and gateway to Brazil’s lower Amazon region. photo: Langelle/GFC-GJEP

ORIN LANGELLE / PhotoLangelle.org

I think this is a fitting photo of the month for October for many reasons, including that Che is an icon in many parts of the world, especially Latin America, and his death is remembered during this month. The U.S.-military-backed Bolivian forces captured Guevara on 8 October 1967 while battling guerillas in Bolivia and assassinated him the following day. He was executed by shooting on 9 October in La Higuera, Bolivia. In Cuba and other places in the world, 8 October is noted as “Day of the heroic guerrilla fighter (Dia del guerrillero heroico).” Guevara was a key revolutionary during the Cuban Revolution, an armed uprising in Cuba that overthrew the government of Fulgencio Batista on 1 January 1959. One only needs to look into peoples’ history to find out more of Che.

The other reason I chose this photo is because it was taken in Brazil. Brazil is at a critical juncture in history. Jair Bolsonaro is a Brazilian fascist, politician and former military officer running for the president of that country. This right-wing candidate compares himself to Donald Trump. Bolsonaro won the first round of elections in Brazil on 7 October 2018 by a five point margin – but not enough for the presidency. The final election is on 28 October 2018 pitting the right-winger against Hernando Haddad, presidential candidate for the Workers Party who is supported by former President Luiz Inacio da Silva. Da Silva was not allowed to run for president while he is in jail on what some claim are trumped up corruption charges.

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