A state funeral for Cuba's revolutionary leader Ernesto Che Guevara thirty years after his death in Bolivia on 9 October 1967.

Mark Little reports on the funeral and the challenges facing Cuba as one of the world's last communist states. 

Hundreds of thousands of Cubans turned out on the streets of Havana to pay homage to the revolutionary leader. Ironically, the socialist martyr has become a money maker in Cuba as memorabilia and souvenirs of the leader are sold to tourists. 

A spokesman for the Cuban foreign ministry speaks to RTÉ News about the politics and economics of the US trade embargo with Cuba, an embargo which is resulting in the creation of a new private economy on the streets of Cuba. However, the Cuban Communist Party is wary of letting private enterprise get out of control. 

Cuba is a country which still loudly proclaims its socialist ideals and yet years of economic hardship have forced many here to embrace the values of free enterprise. Critics in America say that apparent contradiction will eventually spell the end of communism but Cuba's political leaders are determined to prove their old enemies wrong.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 17 October 1997. The reporter is Mark Little.