The Death of Oswaldo Paya / Mario Lleonart

With regards to the cause of Oswaldo Payá’s death, I give his family the complete benefit of the doubt. And all the details that have been happening day to day after such an unfortunate event, reinforce this.

I highlight the total lack of communication between the survivors and the family [enforced by government officials]; communication that would have been the most natural thing in the world if it had actually been an accident. Not to mention the events that happened earlier, over decades, with regards to Oswaldo’s life; because no one can deny the benefit of the doubt in a case where there have been so many threats and attempts to liquidate such an important life. This was done with so many others, including poor Camilo Cienfuegos, whose fate this event has one again called to mind for an already incredulous people as one of the most macabre precedents.

Payá himself had been clearly warned, “It is a final combat between the power of the lie and the terror on one hand and the spirit of liberation on the other.” The regime, for a long time, simply undertook a simple cost-benefit analysis of his death and brought it about with innumerable stratagems.

Payá’s warning in recent times with respect to those called the new oligarchy, those who bet on power smelling the un-postponable change and the style of some of the Eastern European experiences are taking steps to take for themselves the best slices of the cake; these must be the worst and most pragmatic enemies of the present time and as time passes they will become more dangerous still.

Not to mention those who desire revenge, remembering that this is just an extension of the Black Sprint that began in 2003, and in particular considering that that this peaceful enemy of Fidel Castro could have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

All this without mentioning that in any country where there is rule of law, if it really had been an accident, as the person responsible for the bad state of the road and the lack of warning signs would have been guilty without discussion, and that would have been just. So considering all the possible variations, the finger points to the same suspect over and over again just as a compass always points north.

November 16 2012