Cuban democracy activist and opposition leader Oswaldo Payá Sardiñas dies in car accident
Oswaldo Payá Sardiñas, leader of the Cuban political opposition dies
Oswaldo Payá Sardiñas, an engineer and prominent figure in the political opposition in Cuba died this Sunday afternoon after a car accident close to Bayamo on the eastern part of the island. He was 60 years old.
According to sources from Havana, Payá, the founder and leader of the Christian Liberation Movement (MCL), was traveling via automobile with three other persons when a truck ran into them and pushed them off the road, causing the tragic incident.
Testimonies obtained by CaféFuerte indicated that Payá's body was urgently taken to the provincial hospital "Carlos Manuel de Cespedes" in Bayamo where he died a little past 5:30 pm.
A regime official announced via Twitter the death of the dissident around 5:40 pm and said more details of the accident would soon be released.
Blogger Yoani Sanchez said on her Twitter feed that personnel from the hospital in Bayamo informed the secretary of the Bishop in Bayamo, Carlos Amador, of the death of Payá. The hospital was surrounded by police forces.