Irish Che Guevara Stamp Prompts Protest

This year, 2017, is the 50th anniversary of the death of Che Guevara, the Argentine revolutionary who overthrew the dictator Batista in 1959 during the Cuban Revolution. To many, Guevara should not be honored because of the fact that in order to achieve his goal, he became a mass murderer. Guevara was also the son of a civil engineer, Ernesto Guevara Lynch. In light of the anniversary, an Irish stamp of Che Guevara was made and according to the Irish Department of Communications, the stamp was approved per the government “as per normal procedures.” On the stamp, a quote from Ernesto Guevara Lynch, is imprinted, “In my son’s veins flowed the blood of the Irish revels.” The incident “honoring” Che Guevara is not the first of ironic postage stamps, the world has seen two other situations. In 1965, in the United Kingdom, there was a set of stamps that were in light of the 25th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. One the stamp, there was a Nazi swastika on the tail end of a German bomber. Another incident was in 2013, the United States Postal Service allowed a Harry Potter, English wizard themed set of stamps to be released into the states. The issue with the Harry Potter stamps was that they were a non-American subject matter. These are just a couple of incidents relating to the event of the Che Guevara’s postal stamp remembrance. It is important to remember what is put into the public eye because some of the matter might be harmful to the citizens of a nation.


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