Irish businessman and political leader denounces planned Ché monument

Declan Ganley goes after planned Ché monument in Ireland

Alberto del la Cruz
Babalú Blog

After putting out a press release denouncing a planned monument to mass murderer Ché Guevara in Galway, Ireland, Irish businessman and political leader Declan Ganley is generating press coverage in Europe regarding this insensitive and insulting tribute to a psychotic killer responsible for the murder of hundreds of innocent people. The Journal in Ireland picked up his denouncement yesterday, and now the Irish Times is reporting on the issue as well.

‘Che’ memorial plan raises hackles

LIBERTAS FOUNDER Declan Ganley has described plans to erect a memorial celebrating Galway city’s links with Argentinian guerrilla fighter Che Guevara as a “monument to a mass murderer” .

Mr Ganley said that “significant concerns” about the plan had been raised with him by members of the US business community during a trip there last week and that he feared it would “cast a shadow” on Galway’s international reputation.

Warning that it would “damage investment”, he said “we would not build a monument in Galway to Stalin, or to Pol Pot, or to Idi Amin, or to Oliver Cromwell”.

“Che Guevara was just as violent, just as brutal, and just as insane as any of them. We would never dream of honouring them, and we should not dream of honouring him, either,” Mr Ganley said in a statement yesterday.

Mr Ganley claimed that the proposal was “nothing more than the pet project of a small number of extremists in the Labour Party”.

“If the people of Galway knew the truth about this man, they would never allow it to be built,” he said.

“Che Guevara is responsible for the deaths of an untold number of people in his brutal quest for power in South America. Alongside Fidel Castro, he instituted a regime in Cuba from which people have been fleeing for decades. He worked to deny people the right to vote, the right to own property, and the right to freedom of religion. He persecuted Catholics with a psychotic zeal.”

Galway city Labour Party councillor Billy Cameron, a member of the Cuba Support Group, said the proposal had the full support of the city council and was currently before a public arts subcommittee. Funding is to be provided by the Cuban and Argentinian embassies…

…Galway city Labour Party councillor Billy Cameron, a committed shameless leftist and Fidel Castro sycophant, uses the same vile propaganda tactics of the Cuban dictatorship. His coy allusion to Miami-based businessmen is a not so veiled attempt to marginalize Cuban exiles opposing this despicable monument by labeling them with the infamous “Miami Mafia” title used by the Cuban regime…

The complete article is at Babalú Blog

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