Top Cuba dissident Oswaldo Paya 'killed in car crash'
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Top Cuba dissident Oswaldo Paya 'killed in car crash'

Cebu : Philippines | Jul 23, 2012 at 1:31 AM PDT
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Skooter reporting 07/23/12

A well known Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya, 60, has died in a car crash, according to fellow activists. Mr. Paya was traveling near the city of Bayamo, in the eastern province of Granma, when his car crashed into a tree, BBC's Sarah Rainsford reports from Cuba. The cause of the accident was still unclear.

Mr. Paya was the founder of the Varela Project - a campaign to gather signatures to back up a referendum on laws guaranteeing civil rights. He was also a key spokesman for Cuba’s small opposition.

Another prominent dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez, described Mr. Paya on Twitter as “irreproachable” and his unexpected passing away was a great loss to Cuba. Mr. Paya won the Sakharov Prize in 2002, the European Union’s human rights award for his work with the Varela Project, which was founded in 1998.

Another popular prominent Cuban activist, Laura Pollan, founder of the protest group Ladies in White, died last October.

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