Wednesday, March 7, 2018

All eyes on Cuba: Rosa María Payá Acevedo in Havana, Cuba to host award ceremony on Thursday, March 8th

"I suppose it is true in a sense that a man can be a fundamental skeptic, but he cannot be anything else: certainly not even a defender of fundamental skepticism." - G.K. Chesterton 

"Democratic change today in Cuba is possible, even if tyranny pretends otherwise." - Rosa María Payá
Rosa María Payá Acevedo is back in Cuba at her family's home engaged in an exercise of political freedom to honor her martyred father on March 8, 2018 at 11:00am. My prayers and thoughts are with her. One cannot forget that she is at the mercy of the Castro regime that murdered her dad Oswaldo Payá and friend Harold Cepero on July 22, 2012. This same regime then made death threats against her, and the rest of the Payá family.

Let us also not forget that 24 U.S. diplomats in Havana between November 2016 and August 2017 suffered severe injuries, including brain trauma, under circumstances that have not been cleared up or that a Cuban dissident was the victim of a brutal machete attack on May 24, 2015 for advocating to keep a school open in Cuba.

This is why it remains important for friends of freedom to follow her on social media and raise the alarm if and when danger seems imminent or she is actually under attack. On March 6, 2018 at 10:07am Rosa extended the following invitation in Spanish, "Thursday 8/3 at 11:00am we invite civil society and interested citizens, accredited and independent press, diplomatic corps of democratic countries and above all, you, to the Payá Award, murdered in Cuba 2012 by the Castro regime that today seeks to perpetuate itself."

Arrests and detentions are already taking place to prevent dissidents from attending the ceremony in what may be shaping up to be a crackdown. Independent journalist Agustín López Canino has been detained. Activists Ivan Hernandez Carrillo, and Sayli Navarro are being held under house arrest in order to prevent them attending the ceremony on Thursday.

Latin American leaders have applied for visas to enter Cuba, including Luis Almagro, the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) and Jaime Bellolio, a member of Chile's Chamber of Deputies.Will the Castro regime allow them to enter?

This is a time to be vigilant, keep all eyes on Cuba, and to denounce repression and other irregularities.

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