• Michael Laxer

Daily LIFT #484


Che addresses the UN General Assembly, December, 1964 -- Daily LIFT #484


A photo from when Che gave his famous speech to the 19th General Assembly in New York. Che denounced American imperialism and lies and at length quoted from the anti-imperialist Second Declaration of Havana.


It is also remembered for such trenchant moments as when Che said:


The United States intervenes in Latin America invoking the defense of free institutions. The time will come when this Assembly will acquire greater maturity and demand of the U.S. Government guarantees for the life of the blacks and Latin Americans who live in that country, most of them U.S. citizens by origin or adoption.
Those who kill their own children and discriminate daily against them because of the color of their skin; those who let the murderers of blacks remain free, protecting them, and furthermore punishing the black population because they demand their legitimate rights as free men — how can those who do this consider themselves guardians of freedom? We understand that today the Assembly is not in a position to ask for explanations of these acts. It must be clearly established, however, that the government of the United States is not the champion of freedom, but rather the perpetrator of exploitation and oppression against the peoples of the world and against a large part of its own population.

Today the UN voted overwhelmingly to demand an end to the embargo against Cuba

The vote was a staggering 184 in favour with only the United States and Israel voting against. There were 3 abstentions.

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