Senate passes bill to change name of the Cuban embassy street in D.C. to ‘Oswaldo Payá Way’

A bipartisan bill in the Senate has passed, authorizing the renaming of the street outside the Cuban embassy to “Oswaldo Payá Way” in honor of the Cuban human rights leader murdered by the communist Castro dictatorship.

Via Martí Noticias (my translation):

Senate approves law to rename street in front of the Cuban embassy in Washington to ‘Oswaldo Payá Way’

Cuban American Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) was joined by his colleagues Ted Cruz (R-TX), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Rick Scott (R-FL) in celebrating the passing of bipartisan legislation in the U.S. Senate honoring the legacy of Cuban dissident Oswaldo Payá.

The legislation proposes changing the name of the street where the Cuban Embassy in Washington D.C. is located to “Oswaldo Payá Way.”

Payá founded the Christian Liberation Movement (MCL) in 1998 to promote democracy and civil liberties through non-violent resistance. A decade later, the organization began the Varela Project, which sought to push for democratic reforms on the island, said the office of Sen. Rubio in a press release.

“By changing the name of the street in front of the Cuban embassy to Oswaldo Payá Way, we are paying homage to the life and legacy of one of the most important civic leaders on the island who paid the ultimate price in pursuit of a democratic future for the island,” said Rubio.

The senator said that in addition to the protests held by Cuban Americans in front of Cuba’s diplomatic mission, this would be “another symbol of the tenacity of the Cuban people in their search for liberty that will be etched in eternity.”

Continue reading (in Spanish) HERE.

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