Source: La Santa Mambisa
He died on Saturday September 15 in Buenos Aires, at 86 years Roberto Guevara, brother of Che. Roberto was the fourth son of the Guevara de la Serna family.
As Ernesto and his other brothers he grew up in a progressive family. This influence will lead him to become involved in the Argentine left, even more so when his brother Ernesto “Che” Guevara becomes one of the Commanders of the Cuban Revolution.
His younger brother Juan Martín remembers his two brothers: “Roberto and Ernesto were very close until adolescence. They moved with the same bar of friends. Roberto was not as touched or a vagabond as Ernesto. He was sedentary, reasonable. He was always a good student, he became a lawyer, he married a young girl with a good family Matilde Lezica, with whom he had five children; settled in San Isidro; Later, she separated, remarried and had two other children. Like every good lawyer, everything was done according to the rules. “
Just as Ernesto pursues a career in medicine to help sick people, Roberto dreams of defending the most needy, of the injustices that were committed and decides to study law.
Then upon receiving, he tries to put a study. The task was not easy, because it lacked resources. It is there that what was the “Nana” of the children of the Guevara, the “Gallega” Carmen Arias and her husband Alfredo Gabela, lends him the money to rent the office and furnish it. This Galician was the one that had given her the nickname “Tete” to Ernestito when they lived in the yerbatera plantation in Misiones.
The Guevara, despite the myths that they were from a wealthy family, were very far from that reality. They always lived as a middle class family, even impoverished.
Roberto manages to reunite with his brother the “Che”, when he made his trip to Punta del Este. There several of his brothers and relatives accompanied him during some days in Uruguay. This would be the last time both brothers saw each other. With the assassination of Ernesto Guevara in Bolivia in 1967, Roberto moved to this country on October 11, as a representative of the family and as a lawyer, in order to verify the truth of his death. The Bolivian military authorities hide the body and Roberto returns with many doubts about the veracity of his death. For this reason, he travels to Cuba and meets with Fidel Castro, who confirms that his brother was murdered on October 9.
During the 70s, he joined the PRT-ERP with his brother Juan Martín, an Argentine Guevarist organization run by Roberto Santucho.
Juan Martín was arrested on March 5, 1975, becoming hostage of the military after the coup d’état. During his prison, it was Roberto who practiced as his lawyer, at very difficult times, for those who defended political prisoners.
It was not until March 10, 1983 that he was released. While Roberto left for exile, after Videla’s coup d’etat. In these circumstances he was named Secretary General of the PRT, by one of the fractions in which this party was divided.
In October of 1981 Roberto is arrested in Mexico accused of participating in the kidnapping of the niece of the candidate for the presidency by the National Action Party (rightist), Pablo Emilio Madero. A few days later on October 28 he is released.
Upon returning from European exile, Roberto and his other companions founded the Movement in Defense of National Heritage (MODEPA). This small organization was closely linked to the Argentine Communist Party, forming part of the foundation of the People’s Front.
Since the death of Che the family made a pact of silence. Just a few years ago, Juan Martín became the family spokesperson. While Roberto and his sister Celia avoided any public declaration.
A few years ago breaking with this family commitment of silence, Roberto received me in his office in the Courts area, with the agreement previously agreed to speak only of the “Gallega” Carmen Arias. At that time I was making a documentary about the life of Che’s Nana. Another requirement was not to take pictures or film. Only record the audio of the interview.
As always in these cases, Che’s goblin was around in the interview.
In these last years I tried without luck, to be able to interview him again. As it happens in many cases, his death won me by the hand.
On behalf of the Guevarista International we tell you.
Ever onward to victory.!!!!