14ymedio, Havana, 8 May 2017 – At least 38 Ladies in White were arrested
this Sunday in Havana, Matanzas, Guantanamo, Ciego de Avila and Santa
Clara, during the 100th day of the #TodosMarchamos (We All March)
campaign for the release of Cuba’s political prisoners.
The leader of the group, Berta Soler, was arrested along with three
other activists outside the group’s headquarters in Havana’s Lawton
neighborhood. The women carried posters denouncing the harassment
against their movement, dissident Deisy Artiles told 14ymedio.
Soler was leaving the headquarters along with to Yamilet Garro, Aliuska
Gómez and Sodrelis Turruella when they were intercepted and arrested by
the police. Inside the house were Artiles, along with Ladies in White
Zenaida Hidalgo and Cecilia Guerra.
The police also detained, in the vicinity of the headquarters, the
former political prisoner Angel Moya Acosta and the activist Jose Oscar
“The operation started on Friday morning,” Artiles said, adding that “an
act of repudiation was carried out [against Berta Soler] at the time of
Dissident Ada Lopez was also arrested outside her home when she tried to
reach the headquarters of the movement. Her husband reported the arrest
and managed to photograph the moment she was taken to a police car.
In Matanzas, at least a dozen of the movement’s women managed to reach
the church to attend Sunday Mass, while 19 were arrested on the way to
“We have had an operation since Saturday in front of the houses of the
Ladies in White,” said Matanzas activist Leticia Ramos Herrería.
The police “have been embroiled in trying to end our movement,” says the
opponent. “The threats they are making against the activists and their
families are serious. Many are being fined for simply evading the police
cordon in front of their homes.”
In the town of Palma Soriano, in Santiago de Cuba, a dozen members of
the group were arrested, while in Ciego de Avila the police violently
arrested the dissidents Lucía López Rondón and Mayden Maidique Cruz.
On Thursday, the Cuban Observatory for Human Rights (OCDH) issued a
report in which it stated there were 1,809 arbitrary detentions in the
island during the first four months of 2017.
Throughout the month of April the organization documented 467 arbitrary
arrests, of which 335 were women and 132 were men. 147 of those arrested
were black and ten of them were “beaten brutally,” according to the text.
The OCDH emphasizes that a climate of repression prevails “at a time
when the Cuban Government has achieved important international support
such as that from the European Union and the Government of Spain,” and
warns that “in the coming months the political climate may be aggravated
because of the government’s nervousness over the difficult economic and
social situation that Cuba is facing.”
Source: Dozens Of Ladies In White Arrested On The 100th Day Of
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