Oswaldo Paya Supporters To Gather For A Mass in Coconut Grove

Paya, head of the Christian Liberation Movement, died after a car crash in eastern Cuba Sunday

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    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, Jul 23, 2012)

    Supporters of Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya will gather for a Mass in his honor at La Ermita de la Caridad, Our Lady of Charity shrine in Coconut Grove Tuesday night at 8 p.m.

    Paya, head of the Christian Liberation Movement, died after a car crash in eastern Cuba Sunday.

    Cuban government officials say the crash was an accident.

    Supporters, including Paya's daughter, suspect someone intentionally ran Paya's rental car off the road, where it hit a tree.

    The crash killed another human rights activist traveling with Paya; two others in the car survived.

    Paya has earned international recognition for organizing the Varela Project, where he gathered thousands of Cuban signatures calling for a peaceful democratic change on the island.