Gaelscéal : Che Guevara, Galway’s American problem

Tuairisc le Colm Ó Broin, comhfhreagraí polaitiúil Gaelscéal : 

Tá conspóid ann i gcónaí faoi leacht in ómós Che Guevara atá beartaithe do Chathair na Gaillimhe. Cháin polaiteoirí in Éirinn agus Meiriceá an moladh – dar leo is ‘oll-dhúnmharfóir’ é Guevara a chur na céadta chun báis i ndiaidh Réabhlóid Chúba.

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Deir Rialtas Mheiriceá go bhfuil siad ag cur in éadan réimeas Chúba le 50 bliain anuas de bharr an easpa daonlathais atá sa tír sin. Ach fad is a bhí SAM ag cáineadh rialtas neamhdhaonlathach Chúba, bhí siad ag tacú le rialtais neamhdhaonlathacha ar fud an leathsféir thiar, ina measc, Háití, An Phoblacht Dhoiminiceach, Hondúras, Panama, Nicearagua, An tSalvadóir, Guatamala, Veiniséala, An Cholóim, Peiriú, Eacuadór, an Bholaiv, Síle, an Bhrasaíl, an Airgintín, Paragua agus Uragua.

Mharaigh réimeas Somoza i Nicearagua thart ar 40,000 duine sular chuir na Sandinistas deireadh lena riail in 1979. Mharaigh fórsa sceimhlitheoireachta a d’eagraigh rialtas Ronald Reagan, na Contras, na mílte eile i rith na 1980í.

Ó dheas sa tSalvadóir, mharaigh rialtas míleata na tire formhór an 70,000 duine a maraíodh le linn cogadh cathartha a bhí sa tír sna 1980í.

Bhí cúrsaí níos measa fós i nGuatamala áit ar mharaigh arm na tíre thart ar 250,000 duine, formhór acu Meiriceánaigh Dhúchasacha, ó chuir SAM deireadh leis an gcóras daonlathach ann in 1954.

Chuir an tuairisc cinedhíothú i leith rialtais mhíleata Ghuatamala sna 1980í, rialtais a fuair airgead, gunnaí agus traenáil ó Washington.

Ní hé amháin gur maraíodh na céadta míle duine, rinneadh gach saghas céasta gránna, brúidiúil ar dhaoine sna tíortha sin chomh maith. Bhí roinnt Meiriceánach i measc na marbh freisin, ach is beag imní a léirigh a rialtas féin faoi sin.

Mar sin féin, ní chiallaíonn fimíneacht na gcáinteoirí in SAM nár chuir Che Guevara daoine chun báis gan triail chóir nó nach bhfuil deachtóireacht i bhfeidhm i gCúba de bharr na réabhlóide a raibh sé páirteach ann.

 

Gaelscéal: Che Guevara, Galway’s American problem

Report by Colm Ó Broin, Political Correspondent with Gaelscéal

Gaelscéal this week looks at the controversy raging over a monument to Che Guevara that is planned for Galway City.  Politicians in Ireland and America have condemned the proposal saying that Guevara was a mass murderer who executed hundreds of people following the Cuban Revolution.

US administrations say they have been opposing the Cuban regime for the past 50 years due to its undemocratic nature. It should be pointed out that while this has been going on they were supporting undemocratic regimes in places such as Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Panama, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay.

The Somoza dictatorship in Nicaragua killed 40,000 people before being overthrown by the Sandinistas in 1979. A terrorist force created by Ronald Reagan, the Contras, killed thousands of civilians during the 1980s and were according to Human Rights Watch “major and systematic violators of the most basic standards of the laws of armed conflict, including by launching indiscriminate attacks on civilians, selectively murdering non-combatants, and mistreating prisoners.” 

The military regime in El Salvador killed the vast majority of the 70,000 people killed in that country’s civil war in the 1980s.

Things were even worse in Guatemala where the army killed about 250,000 people, mostly indigenous Mayans, after coming to power in a US-backed coup in 1954.

A United Nations report accused the military of committing genocide during the 1980s, a regime that received guns, money and training from the US.

Not only were hundreds of thousands of people killed in these countries, they also suffered every imaginable torture and abuse. The dead included some Americans, but their government didn’t express much concern over this.

The US condemnation of Che Guevara may be hypocritical, however that still doesn’t change the fact that he executed people without a fair trial or that Cubans continue to live under a dictatorship he helped create.

  • Mister_Joe

    Recently on a visit to Galway l noticed down by the famous Spanish Arch by the harbour, a small monument had been put up to commemorate Christopher Columbus – a man with no connection whatsoever with Galway. l found it offensive that Galway City Council had decided, shamefully, to recognise a man who had helped start the genocide of indigenous peoples throughout the America’s in 1492. l wondered why there was no memorial anyway to one of Galway’s most famous son’s, Ernesto “Che” Guevara Lynch (1928-1967), perhaps one of the world’s most famous revolutionaries, and at least connected to the town through his surname – the Lynch family were one of the famous 14 Tribes of Galway.

    More at http://www.fantompowa.net/Flame/che_guevara_irish_roots.htm

  • Mister_Joe

    Not my visit, of course. That piece was by Seán Mac Mathúna.

  • comhfhreagrai eachtrannach

    Ag cur san áireamh a bhfuil ag titim amach i Londain inniu, b’fhéidir gur chóir dealbh a chur suas in onóir Meiriceánach Laidineach eile, Rafael Correa.

  • Tomas Gorman

    Small correction Joe. Che’s full name is Ernesto Guevara De La Serna. His father was Guevara Lynch.

  • Droch_Bhuachaill

    Bhuel pé acu Che nó Christopher é, tá ceachtar dealbh níos fearr ná an dealbh de Charlie Haughey atá ar cheann an ché sa Daingean, Co. Chiarraí

  • SDLP supporter

    Mister_Joe
    I don’t think it’s correct to say that Columbus had no connection with Galway, if tradition is correct. The small statue at the bottom of Quay Street was, I think, presented by the people of Genoa (Columbus was Genoese, though he was in the service of Ferdinand & Isabella of Spain) in and around the quincentennial of CC’s “discovery” of the Americas in 1492. Tradition has it that CC had prayed at St Nicholas’s Cathderal in Galway (now Church of Ireland) in and around 1475 and has come to Galway because nuts and other vegetation had been washed up on the Galway shoreline which were not identifiably European and which presumably he guessed could only have come from beyond the western horizon.

    If true, CC’s Galway connection is a lot stronger than Che’s. The Lynches were one of the original Galway thirteen ‘tribes’ and in their latter 19th century manifestation were not reckoned to be good landlords. There was a Catholic branch of the family in and around Bearna, about 5 miles from the city and there is a monument in the grounds of the Church there.

    Isn’t the story that Che spent a day or so at Shannon Airport on a stopover in the early sixties? As a social democrat I feel a bit uneasy about putting up any kind of a statue to him, because apparently he had no great problem about killing political opponents.

    Anyway, statues in Ireland often just cause trouble: think Nelson’s Pillar and the Wellington Monument. It would just be a target for someone with a grievance.

  • Mister_Joe

    Thanks, Tomas.

    Interesting, SDLP supporter, I hadn’t heard that before.

  • HeinzGuderian

    Is it 13 or 14 tribes ?

    The only comment I would make about this piece,is it is abysmally written,which may explain the decline in readership in non English media,both in the British Isles…..and beyond.

  • SDLP supporter

    Heinz G, apologies.it’s 14.

  • I think Heinz Guderian’s contribution is a good example of bad writing. Apart from splitting the verb with ‘abysmally’, his contention that there’s a decline in readership in non English media in the ‘British Isles’ is founded on a false premise. There is a decline in readership in English printed media as well and its decline is far more pronounced than that of the ‘non English media’.
    As for Che Guevara having a statue in Galway, I think it’s another example of the ‘slieveen mentality’ of some in the tourism sector. They’ll throw up a statue to anybody to claim that person as their own in order to attract a few more tourists.