The city council of Zaragoza, in Spain, decided to remove the name of Ernesto “Che” Guevara from a street and a park in that city.
The measure had been approved almost two years ago, after Jorge Azcón, from the Popular Party (PP), took office after an agreement with Ciudadanos and with the support of the far-right party Vox.
The two tributes to the Argentine guerrilla were voted during the 16 years of leftist governments in the capital of Aragon. The street was voted in 1988, when Antonio González Triviño was mayor; while the park was named “Che Guevara Park” in February 2006, when ex-minister and judge Juan Alberto Belloch was in charge of the City Council.
Given the advance of the right in Spain, Vox added seats and on July 31, 2019 managed to approve, with the support of the PP and Citizens, the motion to remove the name of “Che”. In that election, both the PSOE and Podemos voted against. The measure was approved but not carried out until now, when it was confirmed by the Zaragoza city council.
The street named “Comandante Ernesto Che Guevara” will be renamed Ana María Suárez López, in homage to a victim of the jihadist terrorism, murdered in Cambrils, Tarragona, in August 2017.
López was 67 years old when was stabbed by a terrorist on the Paseo de las Palmeras.
While the “Parque del Che Guevara” will now be called “Parque de Teresa Perales Fernández”, in honor of the Paralympic swimmer that apart recently was recognized with the Princess of Asturias Award for Sports.
As soon as the resolution was known, Vox came out to boast and criticize “Che”, leader of the Cuban Revolution. “He was a psychopath who ran a concentration camp. It is unethical for such a character to give a name to a public space, “said Julio Calvo, a municipal spokesman for Vox and a former councilor in Zaragoza, who has had controversial projects such as killing abandoned dogs” because keeping them alive is expensive. “
It is not the first initiative of Vox against “Che” Guevara. In 2019, Rocío Monasterio, current president of Vox in Madrid and the daughter of a Cuban father and a Spanish mother, proposed that the bust in honor of the guerrilla in Leganés be removed or that a plaque be put on with the list of all the people he murdered.
“Communism, which killed 100 million people, cannot be praised”Monastery said.