News release from Christian Liberation Movement
Around midnight at the start of Monday, June 25, unknown individuals threw an iron object with great force against the glass windows of the house where Oswaldo Payá’s aunt, who is 74 years old, resides.
The object hit the bottom part of the glass window and broke apart pieces of the wall, indicating the force with which it was thrown. Only a meter away in the house next door lives Oswaldo Payá’s father Alejandro, 83 years old, who can only get around in a wheelchair. Payá’s father had a hip operation only three weeks ago, in which metallic plates were inserted in his femur.
All signs indicate that this act of vandalism was meant to terrorize the family and targeted these two ailing and defenseless elderly people. Payá’s home and those of his aunt and father are all very close to each other and are under surveillance day and night by elements of the State Security and informants that work with them. Offensive signs have been placed around the houses to intimidate and provoke the family.
On June 23, the Christian Liberation Movement (Movimiento Liberación Cristiano) announced its proposal for a Cuban Forum Campaign (Campaña Foro Cubano) that calls on citizens to appeal for changes in the laws to guarantee the fundamental rights of people and to call for the release of the peaceful political prisoners. The initiative also proposes the launch of a National Reunification Cuban Forum that could become a dialogue between the government and the peaceful democratic opposition to achieve these changes in the laws.