Che Guevara was wounded and captured in an ambush by the Bolivian army on October 8, 1967. The next day he was executed in cold blood, on instructions from Washington. When this news was confirmed, on October 18, a solemn evening in memory of Che, in the Plaza de la Revolución de La Habana, was attended by a million people. There, Fidel Castro pronounces a sensitive speech.
In July 1997, 30 years after Che's assassination, his remains and those of some of his comrades dead with him in Bolivia were taken to Cuba and deposited in a memorial erected for that purpose in the city of Santa Clara, Cuba. On that occasion, Fidel delivered an emotional speech.