Anti-Communist Group Sends Cuban Embassy Change of Address Card
Pledges Vigorous Effort to Change Embassy’s Street Name in Honor of Leading Anti-Castro Dissident
WASHINGTON D.C. – The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation today announced that it would undertake “vigorous efforts” to support the passage of legislation to rename the street in front of the Cuban embassy for Oswaldo Paya, a leading anti-Castro dissident who died under mysterious circumstances in 2012.
Marion Smith, executive director of the group, offered the following statement:
“The opening of the Cuban embassy in Washington is a cruel affront to the thousands of victims of the Castro regime. But we will not let those victims be forgotten or forsaken. Not for a moment.
“On Monday, Cuba’s Communist elite celebrated its new embassy. Today, we’re letting them know the party is over. The United States Congress will never confirm an American ambassador to the imprisoned island. It will never ease sanctions on a repressive regime. And now we are going to pursue every avenue to rename the street in front of the embassy for a leading freedom fighter in Cuba, Oswaldo Paya, who three years ago today was killed with all evidence pointing to murder at the hands of the Castro regime.
“This renaming will offer a living reminder to Cubans about their government’s cruelty and barbarism. And it will allow Americans to demonstrate our loyalty to Cuba’s long-suffering dissidents – an allegiance that stems back to the days of Eisenhower and Kennedy.”
Legislation to rename the street was introduced yesterday in the Senate and is expected to be introduced in the House later this week. The Embassy of Cuba’s current address is 2360 16th Street NW, Washington D.C.. The proposed change would make it Number 1 Oswaldo Paya Plaza.
Smith noted that there is precedent for such an action. In 1984, Congress renamed 16th Street NW in front of the Russian ambassador’s residence, for the dissident Andrei Sakharov.