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Cubans Remember 2 Dissidents Killed in Crash

Cubans will gather at a Hialeah church to remember Oswaldo Paya and Harold Cepero.

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    Cuban-Americans are remembering two dissidents killed in a car crash on the island on the one-year anniversary of their deaths.

    Members of the Christian Liberation Movement and the public will gather Friday at a Hialeah church to discuss the legacy of Oswaldo Paya.

    Cuban Dissident Oswaldo Paya Dies in Car Crash

    [MI] Cuban Dissident Oswaldo Paya Dies in Car Crash
    Cuban activist Oswaldo Paya, who spent decades speaking out against the communist government of Fidel and Raul Castro and became one of the most powerful voices of dissent against their half-century rule, died Sunday in a car crash. He was 60. Orlando Gutierrez, a member of a local opposition group, Directorio Cubano, said he was murdered by the Castro regime. (Published Monday, July 23, 2012)

    Paya and youth activist Harold Cepero died after the vehicle they were riding in crashed into a tree. A Spaniard who was driving the car has been convicted of vehicular homicide, but Paya's family doubts the government's account of their deaths.

    Paya's family believes the crash was not an accident. They are pressing for an international investigation into the crash.

    Paya was the lead organizer of the Varela Project, a signature-gathering drive regarded as the largest nonviolent campaign to change the system Fidel Castro established in 1959.

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