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Swedish youth politician injured in Cuba car crash

Swedish youth politician injured in Cuba car crash

Published: 23 Jul 2012 08:10 GMT+02:00
Updated: 23 Jul 2012 08:10 GMT+02:00

"Aron Modig is conscious and staff from the Swedish embassy are on their way to the hospital," confirmed KDU's press secretary Kalle Bäck in a statement on Monday.

The dead have been identified as Oswaldo Paya, one of Cuba's most well-known dissidents, and opposition politician Harold Capero.

A fourth passenger, Spanish citizen Angel Carromero Barrios, was injured in the crash which occurred in the Granma province some 750 kilometres east of Havanna.

The car drove off the road between the provincial capital Bayamo and Las Tunas of at 1.50pm local time on Sunday. The car then collided with a tree.

According to a CNN report, Oswaldo Paya's daughter has forwarded claims that a further car was involved in the crash and that the vehicle deliberately drove into the car carrying Aron Modig.

This information was however denied by the Cuban government in a statement on Sunday, citing eye witnesses.

Modig was reported to have visited Cuba to offer his support for the pro-democracy movement.

Oswaldo Paya received the Sakharov Prize in 2002 and received a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 by the former Czech president Václav Havel.

He was 60-years-old when he died.

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09:25 July 23, 2012 by RobinHood
Olof Palme, Dag Hammarskjöld, Folke Bernadotte, Anna Lindh, Raoul Wallenberg; and almost, the very appropriately named Aron Modig.

Does someone pin a sign on the back of Swedish politicians that says "Please kill me"?
00:30 July 25, 2012 by Henry Agueros
Premeditated Murder!!! Again!! When will the world realize that Official murders of dissidents is comment in the Castro Totalitarian Dictatorship?
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