Upon her return to Cuba on April 16 after an international tour, Rosa María Payá said that the threats against her and her organization had not stopped.
There is no doubt that vigilance has intensified, Rosa María told El Nuevo Herald.
In May a pro-Castro blog accused Rosa María of creating a matrix of international opinion about her fathers death. The threats from the Heraldo Cubano blog sympathetic to the Cuban government were part of an opinion column titled Those Who Play With Fire..., and was signed by Arthur González.
Oscar Peña, president of the Miami-based Cuban Committee for Human Rights, said that the Payá familys exit is a hard blow for dissidents who remain on the island, but he said he understood the decision.
I understand them perfectly well because I went through the same situation, Peña said. On the one hand there is the fatigue of the dissidents families and, on the other hand, there is the governments plan to clear the streets of any voice opposing them.
The MCL release said that it will continue working with love on the opposition program known as El Camino del Pueblo (The Peoples Path), which expresses the common goals of the Cuban democratic movement.
Inside and outside of the island, we will continue to take action in order to obtain an independent international investigation that would publicly clarify the deaths of Oswaldo Payá and Harold Cepero, said the release.
Regis Iglesias, who is among those who signed the MCLs statement in support of it, said the Payá family had been a victim of a harassment campaign.
They are going through very difficult moments, Iglesias said Sunday from Madrid. There is no option but to support them in these circumstances.
Iglesias denounced that the governments violence against dissidents has grown increasingly aggressive. He mentioned, for example, the machete attack on Saturday against Werlando Leyva Batista, an MCL member in the city of Holguín.
Eduardo Cardet Concepción, who also signed the MCLs statement, said that Leyva Batista had to have surgery after wounds on his right forearm. They yelled insults calling Werlando a worm, a counterrevolutionary, an opposition member [...] and then using a machete they attacked him, said Cardet in a telephone message released by MCL.