|Lech Walesa in a letter to Oswaldo Paya's widow calls for international investigation|
The city of Gdańsk, July 31, 2012
Lady Ofelia Acevedo
Christian Liberation Movement
Once again please accept my condolences on the occasion of the sudden death of Oswaldo. Before this tragedy, I feel that all that we have been moved, we are one family - we are united by faith in the ideas and values, whose propagator was Oswaldo. We share a concern about the works created by him, we are also joined together in the hope of that new Cuba, for which Oswaldo was struggling, to finally become a reality.
Oswaldo has done something exceptional - he has not only integrate the divided opposition, but also has convinced the public that changes are possible. I know how hard it is to overcome fear, to break the stagnation and apathy of the people living in a totalitarian country where there is no freedom. I know how hard it is to fight for ideals when in everyday life you face misunderstanding, hostility, and aggression. How easy it is to renounce one's goals when the regime proposes privileges and a comfortable life. Oswaldo never chose the easy way. Stubbornly and against the difficulties, often finding rejection and hatred, he was realizing his most cherished and only goal: a free and just Cuba, to which he wanted to arrive through nonviolent means.
I regret that I never had the opportunity to meet with Oswaldo and personally express my admiration for his courage and his extraordinary spiritual strength. But Oswaldo, although he died, in my memory he will remain alive forever. I am confident he will stay alive in the memory of all, for whom freedom and human rights are a fundamental value.
It's hard to calm the pain and be resigned to the loss of a loved one. It is difficult to understand the meaning of this suffering, when the family is denied the truth about the circumstances of the death of someone close. The lack of official information, the denial of contact with the participants of the accident, raises questions about the version of events presented in the mass media in Cuba. That is why I am supporting your efforts and those of the MCL for an open transparent investigation and to convene an international commission to investigate the circumstances of the accident.
I assure you of my prayers also.
Original in Spanish taken from the MCL website: