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Evo Morales: 'We Shall Complete the Struggle of Che'

La Paz, January 21 - The president elect of Bolivia, Evo Morales, said that he strive to fulfill the objectives of the struggle of heroic guerrilla Ernesto Che Guevara, who was killed in Bolivia on October 8, 1967.

Morales, according to a report by ANSA, called for the unity of the indigenous people of Latin America to continue the struggle for liberation.

"The struggle that Che Guevara left uncompleted, we shall complete," he said in Tiwanacu when receiving the symbols of office of the 36 original nations that inhabit Bolivia.

"The indigenous movements in all the Americas greet and join us. The social movements of America, Europe and Asia support us," said the socialist leader who on Sunday will assume the presidency of Bolivia.

Some ten thousand people cheered the speech by Morales, after which the future head of state received the blessing of the indigenous priests in an ancestral ritual ceremony, in the heart of what used to be the capital of the most ancient original culture in South America.

Dressed in an 'Unku', a type of poncho with four slits knitted with alpaca wool and wearing a 'Chuku', a traditional square, four point hat representing the four regions of Tahuantinsuyo, Evo Morales received the symbols of office and the blessing of the Aymara amautas, or priests.

"The time of resisting for the sake of resistance is over. We now know that by combining our social conscience with our intellectual capacity it is possible to win. United we shall change the economic policies that do not solve our problems," he stated.

"We will carry on fighting for the liberation of Bolivia and the Americas. The struggle that Tupac Katari left uncompleted shall be retaken. The struggle that "Che" Guevara left uncompleted, we shall complete," he announced in his speech, made at Puerta del Sol (Door of the Sun), which leads to the Kalasasaya Temple.

Afterwards, Nobel Peace Prize winner, Rigoberto Menchu, presented him with a gift in the name of the indigenous people of Central America. She was followed by the representatives of other countries, from Mexico to Argentina.


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