The Spanish newspaper ABC continues to call attention to the “accident” that claimed the lives of Oswaldo Payá and Harold Cepera, with two headline articles on their web site.
The first article (read full Spanish text here) reports that Ángel Carromero, the young Spanish driver of the crashed vehicle is still being held by Cuban authorities and has not been allowed to leave Bayamo. After being released from the hospital he was immediately imprisoned in a private cell, although he has not been formally charged with any wrongdoing. According to the Castroite authorities, he will remain locked up in Bayamo until the “official” investigation into the “accident” is completed. An adjunct consul of the Spanish embassy in Havana, Álvaro Kirpatrick, has been dispatched to Bayamo, and will remain there “as long as is necessary” to keep an eye on things and report to the Popular Party officials in Madrid. (Carromero was visiting Cuba as a representative of the Popular Party, even though he declared himself a tourist upon arrival in Cuba). Consul Kirpatrick has yet to make any statements to the press. The other survivor of the crash, Aron Modig, a representative of the Swedish Young Christian Democrats, has been allowed to return to Havana, and was escorted there by a Swedish diplomat.
Neither the Spanish nor the Swedish embassies have released any information concerning these two crash survivors.
Apparently, none of the journalists who represent foreign news media in Cuba have made any effort to interview anyone at either embassy. They have also raised no fuss about being unable to interview the crash survivors.
The article does point out, however, that María Payá, Oswaldo’s daughter, continues to claim that a second vehicle had repeatedly tried to run her father and his companions off the road and had rammed them several times. It also mentions that Carlos Payá, Oswaldo’s brother, has repeatedly claimed that something very similar happened in June, when a van being ridden by Oswaldo was rammed and overturned — without any injuries to the occupants.
The second article (read full Spanish version here) reports on the arrest of 40 to 50 dissidents who attended Oswaldo Payá’s funeral. Those rounded up were shoved “with considerable violence” into two buses and taken to a police station in the beach town of Tarara, to the east of Havana. The arrests were made as mourners tried to make their way from the funeral Mass in the El Cerro neighborhood to Havana’s Colón Cemetery. Elizardo Sánchez, a spokesman for the dissident group Comisión Cubana de Derechos Humanos y Reconciliación Nacional (CCDHRN), said that among those arrested were Guillermo Fariñas, Julio Aleaga; Antonio González Rodiles and his wife Ailer; Ricardo Medina and Pavel Herrera.
The funeral Mass for Payá was officiated by none other than Cardinal Jaime Ortega, who apparently voiced no public protest over the arrests.
This article also quotes a Castroite blogger named Yohandry who denounced the dissidents at the funeral and accused them of trying to “tarnish” Payá’s memory. The loathsome toady posted this Tweet today: “No tienen la oposición prestigio, ni crédito y buscan visibilidad internacional a costa del funeral de Payá. No tienen vergüenza” (The opposition has neither prestige, nor credibility, and they seek international attention at the expense of Payá’s funeral. They are shameless).
The BBC also reports on these arrests. Read here.
The French newspaper Le Monde also chose this as a headline story, emphasizing the arrest of Fariñas and calling attention to the need for an independent investigation of the crash : read here.