The government of Bolivia held a news conference to show evidence supporting its claim that Cuban revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara heads the guerilla movement in Bolivia.
The government of Bolivia held a news conference to show evidence supporting its claim that Cuban revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara heads the guerilla movement in Bolivia. Rene Barrientos, the President of Bolivia, spoke at the news conference and accused Cuba of trying to make his country the centre of Communist activity in Latin America. The news conference was carried on nation-wide radio. After Mr. Barrientos spoke, General Alfredo Ovando, Commander of the Bolivian Armed Forces, presented Bolivia's evidence.
The evidence, put on display at the Presidential Palace, was reportedly found when Bolivian troops raided a guerilla camp. Included in the display were fake passports allegedly used by Mr. Guevara, photographs allegedly of his fingerprints and enlargements of other pictures allegedly indicating how he had disguised himself. Also in the exhibit was a sketch made of "Che" by an Argentine artist now under arrest in Bolivia and pictures of a man reputed to be Guevara with Bolivian guerillas in the mountains. Another display presented evidence allegedly showing that two Bolivian guerillas killed by the Bolivian army were a major and a captain in the Cuban army.