Monday, July 23, 2012

Oswaldo Payá (1952-2012)

Cuban human rights leader Oswaldo Payá was killed Sunday in a car crash in eastern Cuba. Above, he poses with his wife, Ofelia Acevedo, at their home in July 2010.
See my 30-minute interview with Payá here.

A shrine to political prisoners in Payá's home.
Other versions and sizes of the same photos are below.



2 comments:

Mambi_Watch said...

Its an absolute tragedy to lose such an inspiring individual. Rest in Peace.

Reports are slowly coming in, but Reuters just reported, based on diplomats close to the survivors, that the crash was indeed accidental.

"The diplomats, who asked not to be identified, said it appeared the vehicle, traveling at well above the speed limit, hit a large pot hole, veered off the road and hit a tree."

The driver is being held and may face criminal charges.

Tracey Eaton said...

It is a shame that Oswaldo Paya died. Cuban authorities ought to do all they can to release accident and investigative reports to help people understand what happened. That could help clear up the circumstances surrounding Paya's death, although I am sure that some critics would question the accuracy of any documents that the socialist government produces.