Ten years ago today Oswaldo Payá and Harold Cepero, two Cuban human rights and democracy activists, were assassinated by State Security agents of the communist Castro dictatorship. In communist Cuba, advocating for human rights or democracy is a crime and anyone who does is considered a direct threat to the authority and legitimacy of the Castro regime. For those who commit this crime, as in the case of Oswaldo and Harold and countless others, the penalty is oftentimes death.
On July 22, 2012, the names of these two courageous and peaceful activists were added to the constantly growing list of Cuban martyrs that spans more than six decades. On the tenth anniversary of their murders, we remember and honor their courage in their fight for freedom in Cuba and the ultimate sacrifice they both made for their fellow countrymen.
The courage and bravery of Oswaldo and Harold will never be forgotten. Neither will we ever forget the cowards who murdered these innocent men.
Let us all take a moment and honor the memory of Oswaldo and Harold on yet another anniversary of the day they gave their lives in the struggle for freedom and liberty in Cuba.
Justice will one day be served,
Notes from the Cuban Exile Quarter remembers Paya’s history of defending human rights HERE.