|Rosa María Payá Acevedo back home in Havana campaigning for CubaDecide|
Arrival in Cuba
Rosa María Payá Acevedo arrived in Cuba along with Mexican Federal Deputy Cecilia Romero on Sunday night and the next day, February 29, 2016 at 5:30pm attended a mass for her dad, Oswaldo Payá Sardiñas, on what would've been his 64th birthday. However on July 22, 2012 he was killed along with Rosa's friend Harold Cepero in what appears to have been an extrajudicial killing carried out by Cuban State Security.
|Oswaldo Payá traveled out of Cuba in 2002 and returned in 2003|
Rosa María invited friends in Cuba to join her on February 29th in a Mass in celebration of her dad's and Harold Cepero's lives at 5:30pm first at the Church of Los Pasionistas in Havana, but the location was later changed to Cerro parish "El Salvador del Mundo", located on Santo Tomás y Peñón in Havana, Cuba. She also reported that her SMS texting service has been arbitrarily blocked. She visited her father's tomb and stayed at her family home. Fifty Cubans attended the service in Havana according to news accounts Rosa María read aloud quotes she had gathered made by her dad. She also made her own powerful observation: "Each time the regime murders a Cuban it commits a crime against all Cubans."
|Rosa with Sayli Navarro and Cecilia Romero at her dad's tomb|
Rosa María Payá traveled to Matanzas, Cuba on March 1, 2016 she announced the campaign for CubaDecide and over social media asked Cubans and non-Cubans to support the effort. The Castro regime's agents on social media responded with slanderous attacks which Rosa responded to head on. Below are her tweets translated to English and linked to the original tweets.
"Its unfortunate that the Cuban regime defames me on captive official internet, but dare not debate civil society for five minutes."
"It is vile to use your voice to silence the Cuban citizens who struggle to make the voice of Cuban citizens count."