Oswaldo Paya fought his fight for a free, just and democratic Cuba with a commitment to non-violence and his faith in and love for the Cuban people.
The Castro brothers defend their decripit regime with threats of butchery.
Paya was dedicated to a peaceful transition in Cuba. It is a commitment that his followers in the Christian Liberation Movement (MCL) he founded, on the island and in exile, have carried on, much to the chagrin of the Castro dictatorship that murdered him and MCL activist Harold Cepero on July 22, 2012.
In a preemptive strike, Cuban State Security last week warned MCL activists in Santiago de Cuba, according to the MCL website, that they were barred from paying tribute today to Paya and Cepero at the site where they were killed in a traffic crash that Paya's family and supporters believe was orchestrated by the regime.
And if they ignore the order, police told the activists that "farmers in that zone are armed with machetes and there could be deaths that would be the responsibility of those who were warned," MCL said.
Violence, actual and threatened alike, against the Cuban people has been a staple of the Castro regime for more than 55 years.
Paya rejected that legacy, and instead demonstrated a profound faith in the ability of the Cuban people to determine their own destiny. That was an anathema to the dictatorship, so it had him killed.
Obviously, they still fear him.