In an atmosphere charged with emotion and between shouts of "Vivas" for Paya and the "Varela Project", the chapel of Paya was installed in the parish of El Salvador del Mundo, in the neighborhood of the Cerro and was the Church which Payá used to attend regularly. There waited for several hours the family of the deceased, friends, the main representatives of the dissidents on the island and several diplomats for the coffin to arrive.
The auxiliary bishop of Havana, Juan Hernandez, officiated a dirge in memory of the late opposition leader and many of the attendees shouted "freedom" after singing the Cuban national anthem. Paya's widow, Ofelia Acevedo, took the floor to thank the support of the audience but asked for silence and prayer in the last goodbye to Paya.
According to religious sources, Cardinal Jaime Ortega will officiate at the funeral for Oswaldo Paya tomorrow morning and that will be followed by burial at Colon Cemetery in Havana.
During the wake for Oswaldo Paya cries of "freedom" also erupted inside the Church and were tweeted onto the internet.
|Luis Enrique Ferrer Garcia and Jesus Mustafa Felipe pay their respects|
|Antonio Diaz Sanchez and José Martínez Hernández pay their respects along with their families.|
Text translated with minor changes and additions from Libertad Digital on events in Havana: http://www.libertaddigital.com/mundo/2012-07-23/gritos-de-libertad-en-el-entierro-de-paya-1276464552/