Cuban dissident leader Oswaldo Paya was hospitalized Sunday, after he was injured in a traffic accident in eastern Cuba. A police official told Paya's family he was dead, according to his brother Carlos.
The accident happened when another vehicle, possibly a truck, rammed a car he was riding in and forced it off a highway, according to a Facebook post from former political prisoner Tony Diaz Sanchez, a leading member of Paya's Christian Liberation Movement now in exile in Miami.
Reports that Paya was missing first appeared on his website, OswaldoPaya.org, sparking speculations that the dictatorship had specificially targeted Paya, one of Cuba's most prominent dissidents, as part of a new crackdown on the opposition.
Not helping calm those fears was the difficulty in tracking down what happened.
In an earlier tweet, Paya's brother Carlos reported from Madrid that police had told his brother's family that Paya was dead.
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