He had been declared a “nationwide hero” in 1967, but in addition was accused in 2009 of involvement in a coup try in opposition to then-President Evo Morales. The Bolivian Military didn’t bury Pardo with any honors for Sunday’s ceremony, although he did obtain tributes from metropolis and regional officers.
No authority from the nationwide authorities in La Paz issued any assertion on Prado’s loss of life, nor did any army officers. No energetic members of the army participated within the wake nor funeral and there have been no energetic obligation officers flanking Prado’s coffin, as is the norm for deceased members of the service — all of which has upset Prado’s household.
“My husband is not going to be honored. The commanders violate the foundations to please the federal government,” María del Carmen Morales, Prado’s widow, informed the native El Deber newspaper.
Prado’s son, Gary Prado Araúz, stated a request by the Union of Retired Army Personnel that honors be rendered had been denied. “It’s a disgrace,” he informed journalists at his father’s wake.
Prado did obtain tributes from native authorities in Santa Cruz, probably the most populous metropolis within the county the place he lived. The federal government of the Santa Cruz area laid Prado in state and family and friends members in addition to retired army officers celebrated a Mass within the metropolis’s cathedral earlier than he was buried.
Prado was a captain on October 8, 1967 when he commanded the patrol that captured the legendary guerrilla fighter within the Bolivian jungle.
In his guide “How I Captured Che” and in subsequent interviews, Prado acknowledged he was not answerable for Guevara’s execution, which was ordered by higher-ranking officers. “I had nothing to do with it. I used to be in search of the opposite guerrilla fighters. Once I returned to the camp, that they had already executed him,” he stated.
Later in life, Prado was Bolivia’s ambassador to Nice Britain within the early Nineties and to Mexico in 2000-2002. It was throughout his posting in Mexico that Mexican author and filmmaker Alberto Híjar threw a glass of wine in his face, shouting, “To the well being of ‘Che,’ assassin.”
The federal government considerably distanced itself from Prado through the tenure of Morales, a leftist president in workplace from 2006 to 2019, who’s a acknowledged admirer of the Cuban revolution and a buddy of late Cuban President Fidel Castro.
Prado served 11 years of residence detention after he was accused of alleged terrorism as a part of a supposed coup plot in opposition to Morales in 2009. Morales is the present chief of the ruling Motion Towards Socialism, or MAS.
Whereas Prado was within the opposition, he was admired by supporters for his backing of the leaders of Santa Cruz, the nation’s financial engine that has lengthy been at odds with politicians in La Paz.
Former center-right President Carlos Mesa, who was in workplace 2003-2005, despatched a message of condolence. “I’m deeply saddened by the loss of life of Normal Gary Prado, an honorable army man and a superb individual. A protagonist of a historic and basic occasion in our historical past, the seize of Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara,” he tweeted.
Guevara’s guerrillas fought within the Bolivian jungle for 9 months between 1966 and 1967.
Guevara, an Argentine who later turned a Cuban citizen, was buried alongside different guerrilla fighters in Valle Grande, close to the place he was captured. The whereabouts of his stays had been stored secret till they had been recovered and moved to Santa Clara, Cuba in 1997.