The ubiquitous exploitation of Che Guevara’s image on T-shirts and paraphernalia would have made the revolutionary laugh, his daughter said.

“He probably would have been delighted to see his face on the breasts of so many beautiful women,” joked Dr. Aleida Guevara.

She and Manuel Yepe, one of the revolutionary’s close associates, paid a visit to Vancouver this weekend for a two-day conference on issues facing Cuba.

“I’m very happy to be here ... and I believe that solidarity (with Cuba and these political prisoners) is an expression of the tenderness of the people,” Guevara told a group of onlookers outside the Russian Halls on Campbell Avenue, near Vancouver’s Chinatown.

She went on to denounce the blockade of Cuba by the United States, and the continued existence of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.