THE Irish Government and An Post have been criticised over a stamp released today to commemorate the death of Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara.
The new €1 stamp, featuring the iconic artwork of Guevara by Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick, was announced by An Post on Friday to coincide with Monday’s 50th anniversary of Che Guevara’s execution.
Che, whose ancestor Patricio (Patrick) Lynch was born in Co. Galway, has been labelled a mass murderer and killer by his critics both in Cuba and abroad.
It has been claimed that over 16,000 executions and 100,000 political imprisonments have taken place since Guevara and the Castro brothers took over Cuba in a bloody political coup in January 1959.
Guevara was eventually executed by the CIA-assisted Bolivian army on October 9, 1967.
Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, a prominent Cuban-American journalist described An Post’s decision to feature Guevara on their latest stamp as “objectionable”.
Ninoska Perez of Miami 710 Radio said that …