That Oswaldo Paya's work remains undone was evident at his funeral today.
As family, friends and compatriots gathered to honor the memory of the dissident leader, the Castro regime nobilized its security forces, using the sad occasion as a chance to again try to intimidate the opposition.
While some 50 anti-Castro activists were arrested, that Paya's funeral generated such a large outpouring of sympathy and support is evidence that Paya's peaceful and steadfast opposition to the dictatorship and the example he set, resonates with many in Cuba.
That the regime unleashed its goons at his funeral shows that his life's work remains unfinished. It is a scene replay every day, everywhere across the island.
Paya set a tremendous example for the nation. A devout Catholic, Paya rose above fear and put into action his faith in God, in freedom and in his fellow Cubans.
What Cuba needs most now is for more Cubans to take to the trail that Paya blazed, to follow his example of his uncompromising resistance to the dictatorship and to take his fight to the finish.
Otherwise, the dictatorship will stay in power, and Paya's life, and his death, will have been in vain.