In the presence of Cuban Ambassador Andres Marcelo González, members of Sri Lanka’s youth organization laid a wreath at Yahala Kele, the place in Colombo where Che planted a mahogany tree during his visit to then Ceylon in 1959.
During the event, SYUSL leaders, including General Coordinator Eranga Gunasekara, widely emphasized the validity of the Che’s ideas in the struggles for social rights.
The speakers quoted excerpts of speeches by the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, in which Che’s character, moral values, honesty, and sense of justice were highlighted.
The ambassador noted Che’s figure and example, and thanked the Sri Lankan youths for their support in fighting the economic, commercial, and financial blockade imposed by the United States on the Cuban people.
SYUSL leader Kalpana Madubashini read a warm message from the Cuban Young Communist League (UJC) to its sister organization, in which it expressed gratitude for its work to keep Che’s legacy alive in Sri Lanka and promote his thought, humanism, and inexhaustible capacity to feel deeply any injustice committed anywhere in the world.
The UJC affirmed that Che’s ideas are essential at present times when fighting for more social justice, solidarity, and cooperation among nations is necessary. His human values are an example and a guide in the daily practice of the new generations.