The US Senate approved the "Oswaldo Payá Way" in honor of the Cuban opponent in Washington.


The US Senate approved the "Oswaldo Payá Way" in honor of the Cuban opponent in Washington.

The Washington street in front of the Cuban Embassy will have the name of the deceased political leader.

US senators from both parties approved this Monday to name the Washington street in front of the Cuban Embassy in honor of the late Cuban opposition Oswaldo Payá (1952-2012).

Cuban-American Senator Marco Rubio noted that the change pays "a tribute to the life and legacy of one of the island's most important civic leaders who paid the ultimate price in defense of the island's democratic future ."

For Rosa María Payá, daughter of the deceased dissident, the "Oswaldo Payá Way" will be "a permanent reminder of the urgency of curbing the impunity of the regime."

"My father's legacy lives on in the fight for freedom and the rights of the Cuban people," the activist told Efe when the project was presented.

The approval comes amid the protests that erupted in Cuba since July 11 against the Miguel Díaz-Canel regime and which have been echoed in various demonstrations of support around the world, especially in Miami and Washington.

"After the historic protests led by Cuban Americans in front of the regime's Embassy in our nation's capital last Monday, another symbol of the tenacity of the Cuban people in their search for freedom will remain engraved for eternity," added Rubio.

Payá founded the Christian Liberation Movement (MLC) in 1988 to promote democracy and civil liberties through peaceful resistance.

A decade later, the organization created the Varela Project, which sought to advance democratic reforms under a provision of the Cuban Constitution that allowed the public to introduce bills.

Changing the name of the roads" is a small but significant step that will force all who visit or write to the embassy to remember not only Payá but all those who have contested the cruelty and oppression of the Cuban communist government ."

Payá's family has assured that the accident in which the opponent and fellow dissident Harold Cepero died on July 22, 2012, was caused by agents of the Castro regime.

Both were traveling in a car that went off the road. The vehicle was driven by the young conservative Spanish politician Ángel Carromero, who was sentenced to prison in Cuba for voluntary homicide but is already in Spain.

In 2012, the US Senate passed a resolution honoring the life of the Cuban dissident and calling for an impartial investigation into his death.