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Thursday, February 7, 2013

A Call to Action for Oswaldo Payá, Harold Cepero, Orlando Zapata & Brothers to the Rescue Martyrs

Three important dates are approaching: Friday, February 22nd, Saturday, February 23rd, and Sunday, February 24th

Seventeen years ago on February 24, 1996 at 3:21pm and at 3:28pm two Brothers to the Rescue planes were shot down with air to air missiles in international airspace extra-judicially executing Carlos Costa, Pablo Morales, Mario De La Peña and Armando Alejandre Jr in an act of state terrorism.

Three years ago on February 23, 2010 at 3:00pm Cuban prisoner of conscience Orlando Zapata Tamayo died (or was extra-judicially executed) after 83 days on a water-only hunger strike.  During the strike prison officials denied him water contributing to his death which constitute both torture and murder.

Seven months on July 22, 2012, Oswaldo Payá Sardiñas and Harold Cepero Escalante and two other passengers in a car were forced off the road deliberately and that the series of events during and following the collision led to the deaths of the two Cuban passengers riding in the vehicle. Oswaldo and Harold were killed and the families of these two men are demanding an international investigation into their deaths to get at the truth and to obtain justice.
The Free Cuba Foundation today February 7, 2013 is calling on people of good will to join us in fasting and prayer for Orlando Zapata Tamayo, Carlos Costa, Pablo Morales, Mario De La Peña and Armando Alejandre Jr. on February 23 and to then organize vigils and moments of silence between the times when both Brothers to the Rescue planes were shot down at  3:21pm and 3:28pm on February 25.

Now we are announcing activities taking place in Miami, Florida and invite you to send us news about actions that you are carrying out around the world. Please come back to this page. We will be adding photos and images that you can use for your own event(s).

February 22

24 hour truth squad for Oswaldo and Harold

Twitter campaign with hash tags #JusticeforHaroldandOscar #HCE #OWP #RememberHCEandOWP #JusticeForHCEandOWP to remind world on seven month anniversary of this crimes that truth and justice are still needed.

Petition drive requesting an international  investigation into the deaths of Oswaldo Payá Sardiñas and Harold Cepero Escalante.

February 23

24 Hour Fast for Orlando Zapata Tamayo
              Location: Francisco Human Rights Park
              9445 SW 24 Street (Brothers to the Rescue Martyrs Blvd), Miami, FL

February 24

3:00pm Mass for Carlos Costa, Pablo Morales, Mario De La Peña and Armando 
              Alejandre Jr.
             St. John the Apostle Catholic Church
             475 E. Fourth Street
             Hialeah, Florida

February 25 

3:00pm Silent Vigil for Justice
               Location: Main Fountain 

               Florida International University
              11200 South West 8th Street, Miami, FL

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